GTD with EN: What happens to your Waiting For items (Notes)?

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What happens to your Waiting For items (Notes)?

Poll closed Aug 8, 2017.
  1. Transfer to the Waiting For List with Tags

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  2. Transfer to the Next Action List

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  3. Transfer to the Project's Notebook/ Folder

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  1. Jan Ernest

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    I am just curious when an actionable item is deemed to be a Waiting For item, what do you with them? How do you manage them? Where do you organize them?
     
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    None of the above. I have a separate notebook for each list including Waiting For items. Each Waiting For is a separate note within that notebook. I rarely if ever tag them.

    My GTD setup in Evernote is based on a guide available from the David Allen Company, available here: https://store.gettingthingsdone.com/setup-guides-s/107.htm. It's only $10 and shows you how to optimize Evernote for GTD in a way that is very functional and easy to use. If you're struggling in any way with using Evernote for GTD I'd suggest getting a copy.
     
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    I manage Waiting Fors in the same way as Next Actions, but use "WF" as the context (in the same way as I would use "computer", "home", "work" etc as contexts for actual Next Actions). I don't use Evernote but would probably vote for the second. This works great for me but I don't know if it would work so well if I had lots of Waiting Fors. Being on the Next Action list they are reviewed daily, which adds time to the review (although I find reviewing WF's takes minimal time anyway).
     
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    That's actually what I described when I suggested organizing lists by notebook. In other words, each context (calls, errands, at home, at computer, etc.) gets its own notebook, as do Waiting For items, Projects, and Someday/Maybe items. For the purposes of this conversation it helps if you understand Evernote.
     
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    In my current system, once a "stuff" has been determined to be a series of actionable items or, is a waiting for item. I move them to a Waiting For Item Notebook. The Waiting For Notebook contains ALL Waiting For Items, but is tagged according to the Project's name, and other context.

    I am just not sure if some of us here who use Evernote, also does the same. Do you move the Waiting For Item to a Waiting For Notebook? or sustain them inside the Project Notebook? or next action notebook?
     
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    Like I said, I keep them in a dedicated notebook called Waiting For. I don't bother to tag them with the project name or anything else.
     
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    @treelike: I realized re-reading this thread your suggestion was different from mine. I mis-read what you wrote. I also apologize for taking the tone I did. I certainly don't want to discourage people from participating in this discussion.
     
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    That's OK :). Actually I thought it was a fair point, I did have a quick look at Evernote a while ago but I don't think I spent enough time evaluating it properly so might have another look at it.
     

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