I've been having some success with this. Apologies if I'm reiterating something in the Outlook 2007 GTD PDF - I only ever bought the 2003 one so I don't know.
I used a new view in the tasks pane. I normally use "By Category" in the "Current View" list.
I used the menu:
View->Current View->Define Views...
This gave me the "Custom View Organiser". I created a new view of the "table" type. I called it "GTD Weekly Review". You can then customise this view.
I used columns Attachment, Subject, Categories
I sort by Subject, Ascending
I added two automatic formattings
- "Projects" font underlined, condition (advanced) "Categories contains Projects"
- "Unprocessed" font Bold 10pt, condition (advanced) "Categories contains Unprocessed"
This gives me a combined project-and-next-action view I can work through quickly on my weekly review, and because it doesn't use coloured formatting it will print well so I can do it on paper if I like.
It is tailored to some specific things in my Outlook categories which may differ from yours.
My projects and NAs are all in the same task folder. I have NA categories for example "!Home" I also have the following categories:
"^10K Projects - Personal"
"^10K Projects - Professional"
The unprocessed one is an inbox which simulates writing a note and throwing it in. I find it quicker to do Shift-Alt-K to put a thought into my inbox than to put it on a paper not in the office. In an attempt to separate Process from Collect, I won't define outcomes and projects at that point.
I adapted your example of tagging al items with brackets. On the project I put 3 or more spaces after the close bracket. On the NAs I just use a single space like you might be inclined to do. This results in an excellent sort on this view where the project always precedes its actions - yet they are together. E.g.
Anyway, I learned something from the exercise - hope it's of use to someone else who needs to procrastinate from actualy doing
[bathtap] I get the bathroom sink tap reversed so it is the correct way around ^10K Projects - Personal
[bathtap] identify which tools I will need to disconnect the tap and make sure I have them !Home
[bathtap] PersonX - agree date and time to do tap move @Agendas
[fridgelock] I secure the fridge door with a lock ^10K Projects - Personal
[fridgelock] purchase a fridge child lock suitable for our fridge !Errands