Assuming that you have collected everything that has your attention, your job now is to actually get to the bottom of “in.” Getting “in” to empty doesn’t mean actually doing all the actions and projects that you’ve collect. It just means identifying each item and deciding what it is, what it means, and what you’re going to do with it.
When you’ve finished processing “in,” you will have:
- Trashed what you don’t need
- Completed any less-than-two-minute actions
- Handed off to others anything that can be delegated
- Sorted into your own organizing system reminders of actions that require more than two minutes
- Identified any larger commitments (projects) you now have, based on the input
—David Allen, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, chapter 6