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    I am using "Google Tasks" on my computer and "Go Tasks" ( which uses Google Tasks) on my phone and iPad to manage my lists now . I have encountered a problem though:
    On my "Projects/Goals" list I can create sublists and write details as well. Sublists could be easily hidden if I don't want to see it.

    Should I use the Projects List to write my thoughts, ideas, expected required actions...etc in sublists? If I need to do any of the actions listed under a project , I can just move it to the Next Action list. Is that OK? because in what the GTD book says is that I can't write any details in the Projects list.

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    First off, thank you for reading the book with care! Over the years I have seen a lot of trouble with GTD because people were too inconsiderate to read properly.

    To give an answer to your question, I think it is okay the way you describe it. I have found it important for the Weekly Review, which is the second most important thing in GTD (the most important is "doing" obviously), to have a clear-cut overview of all your commitments. You have to be able to see if you are overcommitted and be able to re-negotiate fast, otherwise you'll build up avoidance to the process and crash.

    A problem I can see on the horizon: what is, if one of your projects accumulates so much material that the sublist functionality of the Google crap you are using is not enough? Then you will have the split you are now avoiding.

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      Originally posted by ydajani View Post
      I am using "Google Tasks" on my computer and "Go Tasks" ( which uses Google Tasks) on my phone and iPad to manage my lists now . I have encountered a problem though:
      On my "Projects/Goals" list I can create sublists and write details as well. Sublists could be easily hidden if I don't want to see it.

      Should I use the Projects List to write my thoughts, ideas, expected required actions...etc in sublists? If I need to do any of the actions listed under a project , I can just move it to the Next Action list. Is that OK? because in what the GTD book says is that I can't write any details in the Projects list.
      I am doing the same thing and it seems to work well for me. Did you change or add anything to this technique?

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