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  • Future NAs - how to avoid looking at them?

    Say, I have a NA that will be done in four months time. If I enter it in a NA list, it means that I will invariably look at it every day and every week when I do the daily and weekly reviews respectively. How do you tackle such a problem, given that one may have many such future NAs to handle?

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    Depends on your tools

    It all depends on the tools you are using to implement GTD.

    If you use Outlook, LB, Bonsai, etc you can create a filter on the date field.

    If you have a paper system, you could put it in your tickler file.

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    • #3
      Thank you. I think I can adapt your suggestion to my system.

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      • #4
        Good use for tickler or calendar

        Originally posted by DoingIt
        Say, I have a NA that will be done in four months time. If I enter it in a NA list, it means that I will invariably look at it every day and every week when I do the daily and weekly reviews respectively. How do you tackle such a problem, given that one may have many such future NAs to handle?
        When I have these, I simply put "Add XYZ on my NA list" on that day in Outlook. Nice and simple.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DoingIt
          Say, I have a NA that will be done in four months time. If I enter it in a NA list, it means that I will invariably look at it every day and every week when I do the daily and weekly reviews respectively. How do you tackle such a problem, given that one may have many such future NAs to handle?
          For me there are 2 ways...

          If the project is waiting for that N/A, therefore in hold for 9 months, I move the project to SM and add a note in my tickler file 2 or 3 days before...

          If the project is moving or will be moving for the next months, I keep my project active and trow a note in my tickler file...

          In conclusion, the future NA will be moved to my tickler file since will not happened soon enough to keep track of that.

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