That's what I do as well. I made that decision based on David Allen's advice about filing: reduce the number of places something isn't if you can't remember where it is. For a given project, I could have an arbitrarily large set of future actions, some of which will change based on the outcomes of other actions.Originally Posted by Luca
So, for the majority of projects, I brainstorm future actions into the note that's attached to the Outlook contact representing the project. (I use Agendus on my Palm, and having projects as contacts enables some nice project management abilities, which I'm working on a "white paper"/Web page about.) That way, when it's time to review the project again and decide the next action, I only have to look in one place.
For some larger projects -- one of those on my list right now is "Become licensed as a foster parent", which has a dizzying array of forms and such associated with it -- I'll brainstorm into a ThoughtManager outline. Then, in the contact record, I'll put a note that says something like "Brainstorm is in the 'ABC Project Plan' TMgr Outline" so I know where to look for it.
Of course, I make no claims that my method of working will be applicable for anyone but me. I've adopted the tools I have (Outlook on my PC, Agendus and ThoughtMgr on my Palm) because I do a significant fraction of my work away from my desk, and my compromise system works functionally in both environments. Your mileage, of course, may vary.