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    Can anyone help me to expand my lists for Action and Project verbs? I feel sure that part of what has held me back in the past is not using verbs which actually move me forward into completions - learning curve here.

    I have the suggested GTD verbs and would love to find some more that you have used effectively with successful results. Recommendations very much welcomed!

    Thank you.

    Anne
    www.AnneNaylor.com

  • #2
    Check these threads...

    Check these threads:

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    • #3
      Another possibility...

      I quite liked this for project naming:
      http://www.davidco.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2219
      Specifically, read Frank Buck's message, #3 on the page.

      Not sure how much this was taken up, any old timers tried it out?

      [Update...very similar to the links in the previous message!]
      Last edited by richard.watson; 04-25-2007, 08:56 AM.

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      • #4
        I thought Merlin's post was great: GTD: Project Verbs vs. Next-Action Verbs. The Time/Design folks teach "big verbs" vs. "little verbs" - similar idea. The main point is to not mix them - the brain will definitely avoid the big ones if they're on the same list!

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        • #5
          A List From Jason Womack

          Originally posted by Anne Naylor View Post
          Can anyone help me to expand my lists for Action and Project verbs? I feel sure that part of what has held me back in the past is not using verbs which actually move me forward into completions - learning curve here.

          I have the suggested GTD verbs and would love to find some more that you have used effectively with successful results. Recommendations very much welcomed!

          Thank you.

          Anne
          www.AnneNaylor.com

          Anne,

          I'm not sure what list of suggested GTD verbs you have, but here is a list that Jason Womack posted a long time ago. In this case, he called them "trigger verbs" because he used them to remind people of all of their commitments during a mind dump. You might still find it useful for your purposes.

          Next Action Trigger Verbs
          by Jason Womack

          apply
          build
          buy
          clarify
          complete
          create
          deliver
          design
          ensure
          establish
          finalize
          find
          finish
          handle
          identify
          implement
          increase
          install
          interview
          invent
          lead
          learn
          look into
          minimize
          obtain
          optimize
          organize
          own
          publish
          reorganize
          resolve
          revise
          roll out
          send
          set up
          simplify
          solve
          stop
          store
          streamline
          structure
          submit
          systematize
          test
          understand
          update


          Acquire
          Activate
          Adjust
          Administer
          Apply
          Approve
          Arrange
          Assemble
          Assist
          Attain
          Budget
          Build
          Catalogue
          Classify
          Compile
          Complete
          Conduct
          Consolidate
          Control
          Coordinate
          Define
          Deliver
          Demonstrate
          Design
          Develop
          Diagnose
          Direct
          Eliminate
          Empower
          Enlist
          Establish
          Finalize
          Forecast
          Gain
          Generate
          Guard
          Head
          Hire
          Implement
          Improve
          Increase
          Index
          Inform
          Install
          Interpret
          Introduce
          Invent
          Launch
          Lead
          Maintain
          Manage
          Merge
          Modulate
          Motivate
          Negotiate
          Observe
          Operate
          Organize
          Oversee
          Participate
          Perform
          Persuade
          Plan
          Prepare
          Present
          Produce
          Program
          Propose
          Recommend
          Release
          Render
          Renegotiate
          Renovate
          Reorganize
          Repair
          Report
          Research
          Review
          Revise
          Secure
          Select
          Sell
          Setup
          Simplify
          Solve
          Sort
          Stimulate
          Strengthen
          Summarize
          Teach
          Train
          Use

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          • #6
            Scott,

            Thank you! This list is really helpful. My sense now is that the verb has to drill down to something really specific and do-able and measurable as a successful outcome. Woolly won't do it.

            Anne

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