I am augmenting my list of unprioritized next actions with sized-up tasks for the day.
Unprioritized actions are still grouped by context.
Prioritized actions, along with my estimate of the required effort to complete them, are what I want to get done TODAY. When I finish these, it is nice to have a list of valuable next actions to choose from.
It reminds me of hitting a baseball. If you do not anticipate the pitch, it is on you before you know it, you swing weakly with your arms, and your results are weak. If you ANTICIPATE the pitch, you can get your whole weight and the strength of your legs, torso, and everything else behind your efforts, and the results (and the feeling) can be dramatic.
Anticipating how I will spend my hours allows me to gather my resources together, and I can really 'lean into' my next actions.
So, the key here is anticipation. Perhaps there are other ways I can anticipate?