I just finished reading GTD the other day and I'm currently putting it into action. Unfortunately I don't have the luxury of dedicating 16 consecutive hours to capture and 16 consecutive hours to process as the book suggests. I am however able to do it a little bit every day to get there. My question is in the clarifying step. From my understanding if I come across something in my inbox, I need to write a next action. Perhaps during another session, or weekly review, I ought to look at the action list for items that are a project and define them as such. My question is, how far do I go in clarifying during the clarifying stage. Do I go all out and map out the full project in all the details that I know then and there? (Am I suppose to be doing the brainstorming during the clarify stage?) For example, the next item in my Inbox is "Improve handwriting" This would be a project but the priority given all the other things going on in my life, I would simply put in Someday/Maybe. However, even so, I can very easily come up with next actions steps for this project. Sea fairing pirates for the most part had excellent handwriting, my next action would be to spend time collecting images of old captain logs. There after look at them and analyze them. However, I know right now that this is a someday/maybe item. Do I go through the steps of defining such items? Another example, the next Inbox item is "Car Maintenance" what this actually means is "Set up a ritual/checklist of things to do to consistently maintain a car." This would not go into the someday maybe, it would be a project. Is it okay to get a sheet of paper, write "Set up a ritual/checklist of things to do to consistently maintain a car." and define the next actions as (1) write up the objective of this project (2) further define next actions. I ask because in this case, it seems that I am one, going around the system by making the next action, defining next action. However I also know that this is not a priority and is something I'd like to work on when I have a little bit of time here and there, but don't necessarily want to spend the time now, as I'm clarifying, defining those steps. I'm unsure how to proceed. (I'ld like a pretty vanilla guide meaning, sticking to the book as close as possible, no personal alterations, as I want to do the system as is, until I do any adjustments. Thanks in advance for all the help.