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Patching GTD for repeating actions

GTD seems to me to focus very much on helping with a certain kind of thing; it's the one-off project. Roughly;

- You figure out what you want to achieve
- You break it into actions
- You do the actions
- You're done.

But what about those things you never complete? 'Keep the house tidy' isn't something you do once and forget about it. Nor is 'Keep fit' or 'Keep my relationship great' or 'Maintain vehicle'.

So how do you fit the action these goals create into GTD? I don't think it's written into the system - I think it needs a patch.

Anyone got any ideas for how to do this? If you already do it, how are you doing it?

Thanks for any ideas,


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Thanks for the thoughts. I'd...

Thanks for the thoughts.

I'd somehow forgotten about calendaring ;) Nansense, you are spot on with that. Because very little of my work is timetabled, I'd not really added calendaring to my system. I think I will.

I'd like to know if you organise your recurring actions as part of a project, in any sense. I tend to have lots of outcomes, and a set of actions to get that outcome. Eg;

Integrate BusinessNonsense+ with Wasteo'Time Professional Edition 2004
@PHONE talk to Jeff about requirements
@PHONE verify license terms with BN+ support staff
@PC write a 'tracer bullet' proving concept

Then I use that to create my next action lists, by context.

So I was imagining a similar 'indefinite project'; something like this;

Maintain my current level of fitness
@GYM, Mon, Thu: 30 mins in gym
@HOME, Mon, Thu: wash gym kit

And then, when I generate my context lists, I get the gym trip and such on my lists.

So, when you put something on your calendar, do you somehow link it back to an explicit project or outcome or goal?

Robert; thanks for that approach.





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