The Better Way To Define Tasks and Next Actions

Key Takeaway: “Things rarely get stuck because of lack of time. They get stuck because the doing of them has not been defined.” ~ productivity consultant David Allen. Clearly defining the next action is essential in any efficient productivity system.

The Importance of Next Actions
by Francisco Sáez (@franciscojsaez)

Tips & Tricks:

  • When clarifying to-dos, always ask: “Is there any action required?” If the answer is yes, follow it up with “What’s the next action?”..
  • The next action cannot depend on any other action.
  • The next action has to be able to be done immediately.
  • Be specific and use action verbs when writing the tasks on your to-do list.

You know when you’re prioritizing your to-do list effectively because you get an immediate feeling of relief.

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