Question for those who use OneNote

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    On your Next Actions list, do you simply list them on one page, or do you have a separate page for each action? Listing them on one page is simpler, but I see some advantages to having a separate page for each action (e.g. being able to drag and drop pages from one section to another). So I'm curious what others who use OneNote do.
     
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    kelstarrising I know some stuff about GTD

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    I’m a “mad user” of OneNote—it’s my go-to storage, reference, and organizational method, mostly because we use Outlook for work and I love being able to send tasks and emails back and forth.

    I tried piling all my next actions on a single page in OneNote but that didn’t actually work for me. I also tried making each action a new page for the drag-and-drop function, but that just got annoying with a mish-mash of pages all in a row, and it wasn’t fast enough to type when I was doing my Mindsweeps.

    I think in categories—which project, which event (project), which agenda for which person, and so forth. So what seems to work for me is to have my actual next actions scattered throughout the notebooks but always linked to Outlook, which is my primary “get ‘er done” task list. That way, when I’m looking at reference material, if something related to that material pops into my brain as an action, I just click somewhere on that page to write up my action (now including the link to the relevant page), and flag it as an Outlook task and schedule it from there. When I complete the task in Outlook it automatically marks it as done in OneNote so I’ll see it later. When I was trying to go back to an actual action item page to write whatever action item had just occurred to me, most of the time I’d forget what my action item was by the time I got to where I wanted to write it down, LOL. It’s much better for me to get it out of my head the nanosecond it appears there, no matter what page I’m on in OneNote.

    I do have a Mindsweeps section—I do all my mindsweeps in there and then create Outlook tasks from the lists (or send my personal tasks to Things3). I have a template page set up in that section with the trigger list so everytime I click “new page” to start a Mindsweep everything is right there. Those actions are all on one page, so I guess I do a bit of an amalgamation of styles depending on when things pop into my brain.
     

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