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Don't totally understand NAs

I'm new to GTD. Just read the book over the weekend, and spent today collecting and beginning to process.

There is still something I don't understand about next actions. Let's say I have a list of 50 projects, and I go through each one and decide what the next physical action is... am I going to end up with a list of 50 actions, work through those, then generate 50 more?

Would I be kind of spinning my wheels as I rotate through all 50 projects, rather than focusing on one, and doing more actions on that one?

Or am I missing something? When I list NAs, should I list all the NAs I can do on a specific project?

Thanks for the help,


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Thanks. So do you generate...

mream wrote:
Thanks. So do you generate all the possible NAs for a particular project? Or do you put one NA per project on your list for that week?


I'm new to GTD too, so I'm still revising, but the way I've been working it the past couple of weeks is to have a separate next-actions list for different spheres (Home, MIT, Army) of my life. It satisfies my need to ensure that next-actions from home do not intrude on my research time. Each sphere has a folder on my computer, and each folder has two lists: next-actions and waiting. There's a projects subfolder for longer term items that I use to dump notes, references, and make general plans. Each day, I wake up and review my next-actions, waiting, and projects lists and decide what to load up into the next-actions or if some revisions need to be made to my items.




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