Is it actionable?

If a task is not actionable, it will fall into one of three categories.

  • Trash- Throw it away and be bothered with it no more.
  • Someday- If no action is required now but something may need to be done later, then the task should be stored away from your day to day work. A someday list of tasks retains the idea but prevents it from imposing on whatever is more pressing.
  • Reference- If no action is required but the information could potentially be useful in the future, file it as reference.

If an item is actionable, the next step is to decide if it is a project or a task.

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