This must be a perennial issue but I'm looking for ideas for how to organize next actions in order that I can effectively and efficiently make decisions on how to organize my day and use my time.
Assume for the sake of discussion that I'm correctly applying the "context", "time available", "energy available", and "priorities" principles suggested in Getting Things Done but still have numerous next actions to choose among.
It doesn't feel workable to me to review frequently a long next action list. I can do it once a week at my weekly review but need a more action bias on a daily basis.
Let's say that I'm at my desk, my energy is strong and I have an uninterrupted stretch of a couple of hours to work. How do I quickly sort through what might be 30-50 possible Next Actions? To some degree it may be a question of more attention to priorities but in my work (i.e. financial advisor) I may have 4-5 key areas of priority at any given time without any objective basis for force ranking them on a day to day basis. Plus the priorities may involve numerous clients.
Do I need a system that allows for identifying weekly and/or daily priorities that flows out of the weekly review so that I don't have to return to the long next action list daily if not several times a day.
GTD has been tremendously helpful to me but this seems to be an area where there is either a glaring gap in the GTD approach or, more likely, I've missed a key process.
Any suggestions or ideas much appreciated.