Iím new to David Allenís concepts (Iíve read the book) and Iím struggling with the concept of not scheduling your next actions. Maybe I donít understand the principal behind the practice (please correct me if Iím wrong).
From what I understand, the intention when you put something on a Next Action list is to avoid, at least for the moment, doing that thing (or committing the time in your schedule). Recording something on the list is the action of setting it aside for "as soon as possible", or later. Given that nothing ever happens ďlaterĒ, when will it get done? Doesnít everything you do happen in a finite period of time.
When I consider doing something, if the answer is "yes, I'm going to do it," why shouldnít I schedule the time to do it? I might schedule it a week from now or even a month from now. But the time it would take to have it happen would be set aside and committed.
If you don't have the time to do something, no matter how much you want or need to get it done, it doesn't happen. How do Next Action lists require you to deal with the reality of how you use your time?
Maybe Iíve completely missed the boat on this one. Any ideas or suggestions?