What goes on a Someday Maybe list?

Date: Sunday, October 10, 2010 by GTD Times Staff

David, a college student, asked: I know David Allen says that it’s acceptable to place “pending” projects onto a Someday Maybe list. I have several outcomes that are “one-shot deals.” However, I can’t move on then right now. Can I place them on my Someday Maybe list?

Coach Kelly Forrister: My Someday Maybe is mixed with possible actions and possible projects. Anything from writing to an old friend to hiking Machu Pichu. So feel free to put anything on Someday Maybe as a place to capture it. Just be sure to review it in your Weekly Reviews (or regularly) to trust you’re seeing what’s in there.



8 Responses to “What goes on a Someday Maybe list?”

  1. Christiane Campagna says:

    I keep two “Future project lists”. The first is called “Later” and it’s for projects I will activate as soon as my schedule allows it. The second one is for the “maybe someday stuff” (ex: Learn Italian). I prefer to separate them because I don’t look at them the same way and because I review the first list more often.

  2. Kate says:

    For me Someday/Maybe list means:
    “Catch the idea, before it flyes away, but right down only those ideas, that could be a real goal, someday”.

  3. Vivian says:

    If it’s something that’s definite but not possible right now, I would “defer” it to the Waiting list, or file it in the Tickler for when it IS possible.

  4. Glenn says:

    I run a “someday soon” alongside my “someday maybe” which holds a smaller list of things I do intend to do soon but not now.

    This means my “someday maybe” list (huge) can be reviewed as I feel like it without it hiding tasks I have a greater commitment to thanks “maybe”.

    Non standard but it works.

  5. Harold says:

    I think of the someday maybe folder as a master task list. With this thought in mind it allows me to place future tasks, thoughts etc. in a folder which I will review during my weekly review. With this thought in mind I am confident that I have captured everything in a place which is reviewed weekly, therefore; not getting misplaced somewhere on the computer.

  6. Luke says:

    Someday/Maybe (S/M) is not just for “blue sky” or “dream” projects; it’s for *any* goal, project or next action that you are not committed to achieving or doing right now.

    It’s *not* a parking lot for unprocessed stuff; never take something from your inbasket and slap it on this list clarifying what the outcome. If you do you’ll get allergic to this list really fast, then you’ll stop reviewing it, then the domino effect that ends with falling off the GTD wagon begins.

    At any given time you may have to move items from the active lists to S/M, but you don’t have to overdo it. For example, if an active project’s lynch-pin next action is on the calendar two weeks away I don’t move it to S/M. I’m still committed to doing it. However, if some event totally shuffles my priorities and I can’t commit to making any progress on a project for more than a couple of weeks then I move it to S/M.

  7. OogieM says:

    I disagree a bit with idea that someday maybe items require a clear outcome. I use mine as a parking lot for all sorts of ideas, some are more well defined than others. When I make a project active that is when the outcome must be clear. Before that it’s perfectly ok for me to have them very undefined. I have all sorts of items on my someday list without clear outcomes.

  8. Elizabeth Saunders says:

    I agree that it is OK to put items on a Someday/Maybe List that you may never actually complete. There’s a psychological freedom in knowing that an idea is captured and that you can look back on it but don’t have to actually take action. I find the same thing is true for having a “to read” e-mail folder for interesting articles that I never actually have to read.

    Also, Very Important Note: If you put something on your Someday/Maybe list that will need to be done by a deadline, be sure to put a reminder in your calendar. Months can quickly fly by and you don’t want to forget to move it onto your next actions project list!

    To your brilliance!
    Elizabeth Saunders

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