After years of managing projects, often inefficiently, I've just discovered GTD. Hurrah!
I have a question about the "Defer it" step when processing items in your Inbox. GTD says when you take something out of your Inbox, never put it back in in; instead, you either do it (if < 2 minutes), delegate it, or defer it.
If I pull an action item from my inbox and decide to defer it (because of other priorities), where do I put it so it doesn't fall off the radar?
Let's say I have only two projects (I wish): Project 1 is "Write the ABC report." Project 2 is "Write the XYZ report." The way I currently manage my projects is to keep a 3x5 project index cards in my inbox - one card for each project. On each card I maintain a list of my next actions for that project (e.g., next action for Project 1 is "draft 2 paragraphs of the introduction"). I review each card daily and process each action accordingly - do it, delegate it, or defer it.
If I decide to spend the next hour doing an action item for Project 2 instead of a similar action item for Project 1, yet I've pulled out the action item for Project 1 from my inbox, shouldn't I put it back in? If not, where do I put it so I don't forget about? I love having all my projects and their action items right there in my inbox, but perhaps this isn't the best way.
Thanks for any insights!