Thanks to all those who replied to my previous posts re what to do with certain pieces of paper and how not to lose them in a tickler etc. You were right - I needed to not be so afraid creating projects - ie anything that requires more than one task etc. I have populated the project list with those what I considered 'minor' projects and it's working well. I've ditched the full on paper tickler and am working with just monthly combined with electronic tickler and one tickler support file. That seems ok.
My issue NOW is that I find that my project list is full of some 'funnies' that probably aren't technically projects. I'll give two examples of what is on there that I'm worried about - perhaps they shouldn't be there - I even moved one to someday/maybe because I didn't know how to 'tackle' - DA site/book doesn't seem to be able to help or maybe I'm looking in the wrong places.
I have as one project 'resume greek' which means that I want to at least begin to open my greek study books (I learned it for four years and now feel like I"m losing it because we have no teacher so now it really needs to be self-study ... requiring discipline). There are things I can do to start that - ie schedule some time to do a weekly 'lesson' - find the tapes , try to organise a class reunion and i can do that but perhaps there is a problem with the 'definition of the project - I'm not sure but all I want to do is start to get back 'into it' - so that in the event I get the opportunity to go to Greece then I will be able to speak it a bit like I could before.
The other issue is that I want it to be an 'ongoing project' if you like so that is where I"m not sure how it sits... do 'ongoing projects' stay in the project list as such?
A similar issue is my daughter - she needs some language help - she sees a speech pathologist and there are quite a few complex problems - we need to work on various things with her - some exercises from the pathologist, other things like 'listening' to her properly and helping build her confidence come up, and then also practising writing stories or letters or notes etc - I want to use GTD to ensure that we move forward on this otherwise the weeks fly by and we've not made any inroads - and it is such an important one - more important than the greek which is a nice to have really. I've got it down as 'help Bronte with her language' but it seems too broad - I find the definition of projects ie the outcomes quite difficult ie how to make them specific .....
A futher example I just thought of is that we've got a new puppy - and I've got 'train Ruby' - like there are actions that are needed but I'm stuck with that one as well..
I'd better end this post here but I think you get the general idea.
It might be that these things need to go into the 'notes' section of my palm/outllook and I create mini projects from them - but any ideas would be much appreciated.
I'm on overload with family illness/a lots of work/new puppy/kids changing schools/renovations about to start.... so if anyone wants a week in sydney to come and sort me out let me know
Have a great weekend....