I've heard/read about avoiding linking tasks to projects, etc. as it tends to over-complicate things - but how can I resist?
While trying to expose and rectify the bottleneck/timesuck issue which I'm facing during process and organizing phase, and during my weekly reviews, I came upon a website (Bill Kratz' method) wherein the author details steps to set up MS Outlook in a way that is much more automatic than the convoluted methods/system I'm currently operating. (Which only might be responsible for the friction I'm experiencing.)
The site is rather old now and because of this I wonder if any of you more experienced GTD'rs have tried this format out and how well it worked for you. Or have all of you good black-belters entirely shunned the idea of linking and grouping in favor of intuitively knowing a projects NA, or an NA's project?
Here is an excerpt from that site -
"This method is based on treating a Project as if it were an Outlook Contact item. As a result, you can link all of your associated tasks, contacts, notes, journal entries, documents and any other “objects” to your project, and view them from an Activities Tab, just as you would with a “person” contact. You can maintain a simple list of projects and “drill down” through the Outlook forms to any level of detail desired. You can display your Next Actions on any task list or your calendar. You will have a complete history of your project at any time, and can archive that history if necessary. You can employ the full sorting, filtering and viewing capability of Outlook on any of your project data. http://home.comcast.net/~whkratz/id3.htm
Speaking of intuitivity (intuitiveness?) Yeah, I sort of suspect that I'm being a little too anal about the exact size and shape of the hole I'm digging for myself, but… What else is there to do? A weekly review, or somethin?
Reading through the forum using the search feature before posting this I heard mention of the netcentrics add in - I haven't got it yet. Does it do the same thing? Is it cumbersome? One post said that it complicates the weekly review somewhat. True?