My action lists are lengthy. I could probably prune out maybe 10% or 15% of my projects if I worked harder at it, but my two most basic commitments [family--with young kids and major medical issues--and my job] just add up to quite a large number of projects and actions.
I have been reviewing my action lists when I get into work each morning and copying 10 to 20 actions onto a a "today's actions" list. I usually put a few more than I judge realistic, just in case things go smoother than I expected.
In his FAQ on whether there is any alternative to constantly interacting with really long action lists, David seems to be saying that my "today's actions" list is not the best practice:
But I can't keep a list of 20 key items in my head, I'm bound to forget something important. Reviewing the entire action list can take me 30 minutes or more--I don't see how I could afford to do this more than once a day.Your 'action lists' should just reflect your commitments. If it's 'too long' either you need to get used to a big list of still-undone things (renegotiating regularly with the whole batch that it's OK you're not doing all of them right now) or you need to make fewer commitments.
Am I missing something here?