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    Does anyone have a thought about where plans such as business plans. marketing plans etc. (which are likely to have a number of associated projects) fit into GTD. It doesnt work to stick a plan like this into the projects list - expecially as many of these plans are endlessly being revised and the outcomes shifting. I have thought about creating a much more detailed Area of Focus list/mind map to manage this type of planning.

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    Re: Plans

    Originally posted by neil007
    Does anyone have a thought about where plans such as business plans. marketing plans etc. (which are likely to have a number of associated projects) fit into GTD. It doesnt work to stick a plan like this into the projects list - expecially as many of these plans are endlessly being revised and the outcomes shifting. I have thought about creating a much more detailed Area of Focus list/mind map to manage this type of planning.
    I think the status of business plans, strategic plans, et cetera in relation to one's own work depends crucially on what the plan really is, and on who you are in what kind of organization. Is the "plan" a description of a process, a timeline, a set of goals without implementation details, a wish list, what? Is it imposed on you, created by you, agreed to by you? From such documents, you can draw your[\b] own projects, areas of responsibilities, 1-2 year goals, et cetera. Particularly when strategic plans are aimed at change, it is always good to ask "what are the agendas of the people producing this document?" If a document is not aimed at change, a lot of times I just file it away.

    Mike

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      Does the plan require actions, or is it for reference only?

      I think the fundamental concept of GTD is that every piece of information in your life is either actionable, for reference, or for the bin.

      Perhaps you can extract all the actions that need to be taken, and projects that need to be completed, from the plan, then file the plan away for reference.

      Or, maybe the plan contains guidelines. These guidelines would be reference material to refer to when doing a specific task or project.

      Or maybe the plan is a piece of junk. Then file it in the round filing cabinet (aka waste-basket).

      Trisha

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