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    I'm trying to come up with a personal checklist to use to run through when I'm about to tackle or create next action, in the same way that I have a checklist of things to do on the weekly review. I was hoping for suggestions. Here's what I was thinking:
    1. The next action should be concrete...
    (some ideas? are there a list of words to do or avoid? general advice).
    2. Am I the right person to do this... could I delegate this to someone?
    3. Is this to vauge or big
    (what do I do here?0

  • #2
    4. That's too easy.

    I've found an inverse relationship to the complexity of or aversion to a project and how granular its next action should be. At least for me, anyway.



    • #3
      Mark, can you elaborate? I think I've noticed the same thing. For example, I have a Project

      "Good steering committee meeting"

      a good project name (describes how it will be if succesful).

      Here's an action item

      "Draft steering committee presentation"

      which is actually a very large project itself.


      • #4

        I highly reccomend Merlin's great post re: Does this “next action” belong someplace else?"

        In short, Merlin indicates few possible reasons for NA not being acted upon:

        1. "It is not a single, atomic activity "
        2."It is not a physical action"
        3. "It is not really the very next action I need to take"
        4. "It is not something I’ve actually committed to "
        5. "It is poorly defined or just badly worded"
        6. "It is nothing I can act on now"
        7. I have no idea what this means"



        • #5
          "What is the very next thing I can do to bring this project closer to completion."

          Not sure if I stole that from the book or not, but that's the question I ask myself when looking at a big miess and trying to figure out what the Next Action is.


          • #6
            Good stuff! I love Merlin's list. I have something on the order of Merlin's list in my weekly review checklist - if I'm noticing someting "growing stale" - that is a good time to do a little analysis - usually it is one of the reasons he gave.


            • #7
              Originally posted by furashgf
              Mark, can you elaborate?
              Sometimes my Next Actions will look like:

              "Open Excel re: (name of project)"
              "Open Word re: ..."

              Risks being too granular, but the point is having Next Actions you're attracted to.