Speaking only for myself, I have found that I have mostly two kinds of projects: the kind that are so clear that it is a waste of time and energy to record anything but the project and the next action, and ones that are so unclear that I have to use more than one tool to hold everything. For example, one of our refrigerators is making ominous sounds, and it is at least 15 years old. Next action: look up possible causes. Done. Next action: research new refrigerators. Done. Discuss with wife. Not yet done. Very busy these days. I could plan more, but why? The refrigerator may fail before we discuss what to do next, in which case the decisions to make will be different, maybe simpler. On the other hand, I have projects for which the documents are many inches thick. So the project and next action go in my palm, but the rest does not. Overplanning is a bit of a trap for me, especially with easier projects.Originally Posted by rdcottle
In other words, the hard part is finding the time and energy to clean the garage, and I don't want to distract myself with planning how to clear the garage. On the other hand, if I needed a clear vision of what my clean garage should look like, I would want to record that to inspire me. I actually have a project on my someday/maybe list to clean up part of the garage but no details. On a slightly higher level, I am actually pretty indifferent to my garage right now. My wife and I are redecorating part of our 1st floor, and that is much more important to me at this time. And here the vision is crucial, and the plan changes with the outcome of each next action. For example, we like a particular rug pattern, but can't get it in the size we need. What's next? Look on the web for similar patterns. The vision sustains us through the details.
Hope this helps,