So I originally read (or listened to the abridged audio book) for GTD a year or so ago and tried to implement it using Remember the Milk. I didn't have the finest grasp on the theories involved, so it didn't really help me all that much. I finally started taking a second look and read most of the paper book, created my own diagrams to try to try to understand the ideas and process better etc.
I think I've gotten most of it down at this point. The one area that is still kind of murky to me, though, is the distinction between the Tickler and the Calendar. I get that they are both date-centric, but that the calendar is on the actionable side and the tickler is on the non-actionable side. But the whole idea of something being "actionable" I guess is a bit unclear to me, and this is bad since it kind of is the first branch in the way you figure out how to classify your stuff. Is it something that you CAN act on, something you NEED to act on? I'm having difficulty simply understanding what the question is.
Most of my confusion I think stems from these recurring tasks that I have to do every week (or whatever period). They are things that I really have to do on certain days (or within a couple days), but they can't really be done before a certain day of the week. A simple example of this would be taking the gabage out each week. Are these actionable? They are not actionable NOW (eg several days before garbage day), but they will at a specific point in the near future. So my question again is when you ask about whether something is actionable, are you really just asking if it CAN be done NOW? Or are you asking if it CAN be acted on PERIOD? Or are you asking something else - like if it NEEDS to be done (either now or ever)? Reference material can't be acted upon PERIOD and Someday/Maybe tasks CAN be acted upon now, but from what I understand don't NEED to be acted upon (now or ever). So is a tickler file just the same as Someday/maybe but with the date thrown in? IE, just a reminder so that you can keep it in your head on X day, but inferring that it is not something that NEEDS to be done? In this sense taking the garbage out every week would be on the calendar rather than the tickler because it NEEDS to be done?
Sorry, for whatever reason, despite reading, reareading, mapping things out, etc., this is the one aspect of GTD that gives me a really hard time! Any help would be greatly appreciated!