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Task that you are waiting on, but need to check status

Maybe I'm trying too hard with this, but I'm curious where other people list their NAs that need to be checked on periodically. I.e. I'm waiting on a conference schedule to be released and it was supposed to happen this weekend. I added a NA Friday to my @Work list to Check Conference Schedule. This morning, I did the NA, but the schedule wasn't released yet. There is no option to sign up or use RSS to be notified when it's released, otherwise I would move it to my @Waiting For list. I hate leaving it on my active list because I'm completing the NA and it feels like I'm not accomplishing things.

Maybe I'm just too anal about things.

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This would be a good...

This would be a good use for a tickler file. You could also create a reminder/alarm to check in after a few days.

In either cast (IMHO) it's probably best to get away from the "waiting on" concept, and think of it in terms of how you can keep the project moving. It's easy to get fixated on a "WO" and lose track of what else you could be doing while you're waiting. If it's truly a bottleneck, make NAs about resolving the bottleneck/pinging that person.




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