GTD suggests choosing from your list of next actions based on, among other things, your energy level. This is good -- but I believe it overlooks a major perspective.
Given time to reflect, your energy rises to the task you are faced with. If you plan your next day at the end of every day, then confirm those plans before starting the next day, you are more likely to find yourself with the appropriate energy, focus, and drive, than if you plan your day at the start of each day, or, if you plan your day action by action.
Covey suggests planning by the week -- my problem with his approach was lack of next actions. GTD supplies those missing actions (yeah!) but now that I have them, I am concluding that the scope ( a week ) is too broad.
I want to narrow my focus to a day -- better yet, narrow it to about 5 hours a day of prime working time. I want to know 12 hours in advance the best use for those 5 hours.
Yet, I still want the flexibility of the week's list of next action items.
So, if my week of next actions were on a microscope slide, I would like to arrange them every day about 4 PM in preparation for the next day. I would group them on the slide, and center them under the microscope. If I could, I would even give names to those groups. The next day I would come in, look through my scope, and attack those grouped items. When I am done, I want to be able to look at all the other items on the slide and cherry pick the ones to do; or, respond to the new 'stuff' that has come my way during my 5 focused hours.
My thought for today