I just wanted to throw the subject of planning out for discussion.
Specifically, I’m talking about small projects, which can be carried out by me, or with an assistant.
I don’t think the planning notes would be much more than a page of bullet points. I imagine that “waiting for” and also “bookmaking” would be the main GTD features.
What I would like to know is, how does anyone out there plan? I read a technique once that went something like:
Step 1: where are you trying to get?
Step 2: what is the second last step/action/stage?
Step 3: what is the third last stage?
Until you get to “what is the next thing I have to do?” (ties in nicely with GTD).
But, how big is a step/stage/bullet point in a plan?
Is there established thinking on how to identify the relevant nodes?
I think I may be addressing the Great Wall of China syndrome – in order to stop the builders going mad, they set specific stages that took about a month each to do, so that the builders would have regular episodes of fulfilment.
In my case, the thought of a task spreading blob-like over two to three days induces a sense of bored numbness. Yet when I try to break it down into bite-sized pieces, I find the pieces can vary from “acquire a red pen” to “dictate first draft”.
PLEASE don’t let anyone say that each project has its own individual character which will decide the planning steps – what I am after are any rules-of-thumb, tricks-of-the-trade: any tools that turn a blob into do-able steps that sit nicely with your idea of what work is.
Thanks a million,