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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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Uh oh. :) ...

Uh oh. :) I'm no wondering if kGTD and my system are a bit messed up... so, basically, under your list of things you have to do, in projects say, you don't place all the things you have to do, just your NA's? That doesn't really make much sense to me, it would only be like 10% of the items in your head that got down onto paper, really... am I missing something here?

Is it like this:

Project organized to do lists:
contains 1A, 2A, 3A
contains 1B, 2B, 3B

NA list contains:

? -assume A,B are your projects, and 1,2,3 indicate a chronologically linked/dependent tasks. 1 having to get done first, 3 last...

I just want to make sure I've got this thing right.

personally, in kGTD, it appears that NA's tend to be visible as well in the Project lists... the one thing that hangs me up, is when a project has a couple NA's... in other words, they're larger projects.... so they may require smaller subsets... but I'd be doing that ad nauseum for some of them... this is why I was thinking some sort of linked/sibling/parent lists would be necessary.

For me, this question is the one hole in GTD I've been finding... I need to focus and read more on this.





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