Hi folks! Love GTD. It just makes sense. I've moved a few times between paper and computer-based systems, but I keep moving back to paper and for now I'm settled on a classic-size planner. The only thing I haven't adopted is the tickler file - but I write down where my papers are or what to print out on my calendar, sort of a "virtual tickler".
I work in IT security. I have some projects where I have to grant someone access to a resource and then pull it away after the project is complete. That's one example of what I'm talking about, but it's the most common one that happens to me.
I've read comments like "don't worry about the next-after-next-after-next action! You'll remember it when you get there, and it may change anyway!" Well, if I don't write this stuff down, I won't remember - and then Billy Joe will wreck the accounting system because I forgot to yoink away his access after a small project (which may not have a calendar deadline, so I can't just put a reminder on my calendar or put it in my tickler file).
I keep a separate next-actions list for each project I'm working on, so I can refer back to what I've done in the past. (I use contexts for standalone actions.) Right now I'm putting these actions on my next-action list and write something like:
Take away Billy Joe's access (pending testing)
But, it would be nice to have a better way.
So how do you deal with these types of "later-on" actions within projects? Where do you put them?