Categories | Best Practices of GTD | Coaching Secrets | Getting Things Done | Implementation
Question: I have a number of projects on my list. When I start a new project, I tend to think of all the tasks that need to be accomplished in order to complete my project. I also add tasks to that list as I think of them.
My question is this…should I be transferring the “next action” on my list of tasks for that project to my “next action” list?
Coach Kelly Forrister: Yes, we typically suggest you transfer the Next Action(s) from your project plans to your Next Actions lists, as you can do them. That way your Next Actions lists represent a current list of choices, across all of your projects. On the other hand, there are times I am working on a specific project and work directly from the project plans. But once I’m done and moving on to something else, I don’t want those project plans to be the only reminder of what the Next Action is. I want that bookmarked on my Next Actions lists, so I always have one trusted place dedicated to current choices I can make. Project plans are rarely good for that because they combine current actions with future actions with project notes and brainstorming.
Kelly Forrister is a Senior Coach & Presenter with the David Allen Company.