Projects and Next Actions

Edward A

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Hi All,

I'm getting on the wagon again!

Does every project have to have a next action if you are not ready to start working on the project?

For instance, I have a project called "All the Hard Drives are Either Used or Discarded"

It is on my projects lists. However, I don't have time to do anything on it at this point.

Can I just leave it there with no next actions or anything?

When I am ready to start working on it, then I add the next actions, etc?
 

Geeko

GTD since 2017
Every active project needs an item that will move it forward. This can be a next action, a calendar event or a waiting for.

Anything else should go on “someday/maybe” or – if you prefer – a “project on hold” or “not now” list. Just make sure that everything on your project list is actually active and has another item in your system attached to it.

Cheers,
Tristan
 

Oogiem

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Does every project have to have a next action if you are not ready to start working on the project?

For instance, I have a project called "All the Hard Drives are Either Used or Discarded"

It is on my projects lists. However, I don't have time to do anything on it at this point.
If you don't have time to work on it now and it's not a priority then it's a someday/maybe item. Move it off your lists into whatever tool you use for holding things that are not actively being worked on It might be on-hold, or on paper or in something else separate from your mail task manager but whatever you choose get it out of your active lists.

Even though my list management tool, Omnifocus, allows for Projects on Hold that are hidden except when I choose to see them I found that for me I didn't like reviewing them in that tool. So I move all of my inactive projects out into DEVONThink. Evernote would also work. I use DT because my S/M items are written in txt files that correspond to major areas of focus and lists and I can sync them easily among all my devices and if I switch operating systems or machines I can also extract the data out easily. I am also cloud adverse so do not use cloud services like Evernote for that sort of stuff.
 

2097

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Every active project needs an item that will move it forward. This can be a next action, a calendar event or a waiting for.
Yeah. Edward, is your hard drive project waiting for some other person or some event? I don't really understand what "is used or discarded" means. Or is the next action "use harddrives" or "discard harddrives"?
 

TesTeq

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Yeah. Edward, is your hard drive project waiting for some other person or some event? I don't really understand what "is used or discarded" means. Or is the next action "use harddrives" or "discard harddrives"?
As far as I understand @Edward A 's "Hard Disk Project" is in the category "nice to be done". So it is waiting for some free time.
As far as I understand @Edward A has some hard disks that are not used so the project is about checking if they are still useful or should be discarded (erased and thrown away).
 

Edward A

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Thanks everyone for the answers. It as been a slog to get through... Still working and trying to figure things out.

So I have a ton of projects that can't be active.

Do you recommend putting them in lists (I use trello) that would group them (ie. Personal, Finances, House, etc...) or just put them all in one list and just scan that list during my weekly reviews?
 

Tom_Hagen

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Hi All,

I'm getting on the wagon again!...
What does it really mean - "I don't have time"? In fact at the present moment you have time to do only one thing. Does it mean you should have only one active project? Of course no! I prefer to have lots of active project with next action defined. Then I have choice about what I can do. Doesn't matter if I don't "touch" project lets say for month or two. But who knows? Maybe one day will be a "time gap" or I have will to move such a project forward. For me criterium for inactive project is some serious obstacle, which shall be overcame first, for instance - achieving some skills or equipment and so on.
 
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