I'm a total newbie - just finished the book last week and discovered this forum yesterday.
But I'm very excited by the ideas - they really seem like a full generation beyond Covey et al - and I can see how they will help me become more effective. I love the "next action" concept and finally understand why much of my "to do" list has been defeating me until now.
Anyway, I have a question that I hope isn't too dumb... I am now entering tasks with a deadline onto my calendar (instead of my to do list). And I now have my absolutely massive next action lists (divided by @ computer, phone calls, @ work etc.)
But here's my big question: If you have a task that's going to take some time to do (real life example: copying a whole bunch of material onto a series of discs) and you don't want to leave the whole job til the day of the deadline, WHERE and HOW do you enter it so that you get reminded to do a little bit of the job several days beforehand? If it goes on the calendar on the due day, that's no help. And if it sits on my massive "next actions" list, it an be really hard to spot in time.
What does everyone else do about this sort of thing?