Multiple next actions are only a problem if they are dependent. If I only listed a single next action list for my projects nothing would ever get finished. Instead I list as many actions related to a single project that I can do now no matter the sequence in their appropriate context. With nearly a hundred active projects right now that is the only way to handle it. If you have fewer active projects then it may make sense to only list one action but I find that impossible to work.
Originally Posted by GTDWorks
Here's an example where I have many actions for a single project.
Baatwurst (develop sheep sausages we can sell)
Actions on my current Next Actions lists
Take boneless shoulders to town drop point for delivery to chef in Aspen for Italian and Curry recipe development (context in town)
Call slaughterhouse re the USDA application & approval for a legal label for 2 kolbassi recipes (phone)
Take samples from first batch of kolbassi and Polish to X for taste test (context other town)
E-mail Label manuf co re price quote on 2 x 4 inch USDA approved glue sticky label 1 color for 2 kolbassi recipes get both rush and normal timeframes and quotes (computer internet)
Identify 30 rams for butcher (outside with help)
None of those actions depends on another to be completed and all have to be done.
Now the next action in the project, Get labels printed, is waiting for USDA approval and the quote. Only once those 2 things are done can I continue. And in fact there are several actions that can be done simultaneously once I get offical approval of the label. I can order the labels, I can sort the butcher rams out into the holding pen and I can call the slaughterhouse and schedule a harvest date. Edited to add, actually I can't call for a harvest date until I verify we are out of slaughter withdrawal from the spring dewormer, forgot that because I have it already in my system as rams off slaughter withdrawal and a start date for when the boys are legal for harvest.
If I only had one action on my lists for such a large project it would never get finished as I'd miss the chance to move it forward when I am in the appropriate context.
Last edited by Oogiem; 05-25-2009 at 05:16 AM.
Reason: Correct the call info due to slaughter withdrawal issues
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