I first started GTD in 2006 and I abruptly stopped after 3 months because I was using Microsoft Outlook and just couldn’t commit to doing the weekly review. It’s 2008 and for one reason or another I bought another new copy of the book and bought the audio version and jumped right back in.
I’m ready to go through my processing stage but I have a huge mental roadblock and I’m hoping to get help, guidance or tips and tricks to help me get through this…
Here’s the issue: I’ve got my list of projects unprocessed in my inbox. What do I do next? You see I can assign each of the active projects a physical next action but as David says over and over these next actions are so fast (usually taking less than 2 minutes) that once I’m done doing that next action (ie fire up the computer) I don’t know if I should keep working on those small tasks until I reach one that will take more than 2 minutes.
My issue is with Next Actions and Project Planning. Should, when I process my inbox “make plans” for my project. Here’s an example
Area of Focus: Maintain Healthy Lifestyle
Project: Implement 30 minutes of a Yoga routine in the morning at 7:00 AM
Subproject: R&D Morning Yoga Poses, Positions and Best Practices
NA: Google: Morning Yoga workout @Mac: Online
As you can see here I’ve got a next action that I can do at my computer. But after I google this…then what? Should I plan then entire subproject or main project as I see it moving forward before I google?
Should I just put a note in my inbox saying. ‘googling done: “New next action is X for project Yoga” and wait for the weekly review to process and organize this information.
I’m very confused on how far to plan projects and David says, that each one is different. So, I guess what I’m getting at is…What are the best practices for processing projects from your inbox?
Any help would be appreciated.