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How Long Is It a Project?

OK, this might sound stupid, but that's why I'm here, right?

It's probably easiest to explain what I mean with an example.

I redesigned a website for my church. The Project was to finish the redesign. That's done. Now, I am mostly responsible for keeping content updated and such until I can have a training session with the staff for the CMS after a big conference we are hosting the first week of August. So, the question is this: Is "Church Website" still a project? If not, do I just stick my NA's on context cards (hPDA, baby!)?

I am in a similar situation with a site I finished for a client a while back. I still do periodic maintenance, and they just asked me to do some design adjustments as well. Is this still the same project? Is it a new project? Somewhere in between?

I realize I could just keep adding stuff to those project cards, but it seems to defeat the purpose really of having a specific goal in mind. Why bother with a project list at all if it's just going to go on ad nauseum infinitum?


Cpu_Modern's picture

Thanks for all the replies,...

Berko wrote:
Thanks for all the replies, folks. So, when I have completed the "Church web site" project, is it reasonable to assume that when they do come to me with things that need to go on the site (which will be more and more rare in the near future. YAY!) that that action (if it is indeed an action and not a project in action's clothing) can go straight onto my @Web Design card?

Look, how you do GTD ulitmately is your own choice. It's your life after all. But strict, pure GTD means putting "Church Website" on your Areas Of Focus list. Or Areas Of Responsibility like some do call them. Then, when some things occur that make you feel the necessity to do something, put these actions and projects on the apropriate lists. It is easy to distinguish projects and areas of focus by asking the question: "What is the next action?" If it's nothing but you still feel responsible chances are ist is one of your 20,000 ft areas. Or none of your business. Be rigorous with yourself. Otherwise you just keep filling lists. Hope this helps.




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