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A 'Next actions' question -GTD newbie question

Hi all ,
After reading most of the "getting things done " book , there is one thing that I don't really understand as far as Next actions are concerned.

Let's say that I have a project which is to mail some books to a friend of mine .So first I need to get her adress :this contains of an action of emailing her ,then waiting for her reply.
Then there's the action of packing the books [@home ] and then there's an "errands" type of action of going to the post office and mailing it.

What I can't figure out ,is whether I should have all those listed as next actions in their separate contexts ,for the same project ,at the same time -ort should I enter the first action,then complete it ,and only then add the next action to it's context? I mean ,in most cases there are numerous and dependent actions in a project ,which belong to different contexts,right?

I'm using the "nextaction" tracking tool for managing my next actions,and there's no way of defining dependency there -but the mail question is ,how is this supposed to work,the real-GTD way?

Thanks :)

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Ok, cool. This is...

Ok, cool. This is exactly as I thought it should be. Makes complete sense to me.

So, kGTD has a flaw for the time-being then... the only NA's it marks is actually the next physical action under a Project heading. [This may change in the near future.]- this is a serious blow I think to the kGTD world as far as actionable lists are concerned. But, since almost all of my project lists contain NA's that aren't siblings, the context lists in kGTD tend to be almost all NA's. But, still, I think this highlights for me my interest in a simplified Gantt/ToDo hybrid. I probably didn't express myself properly when discussing it, but the problem really had to do with the NA's, and it's siblings or children. :)

Cheers, guys!

ps-almost up on a 3x5 card hPDA type method- sort of partially implemented... I should easily be able to reorganize my project lists/action lists to contain NA's organized properly. - Darn Levenger was out of the shirt-pocket briefcase... just came in, so it should ship shortly. :D [anxious!]




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