One of the things I have been working on this week is moving my projects to MindManager with “next actions” being placed into my “Getting Things Done” tracking system, a software programs called GTD Tracks.
I had my projects in GTD Tracks, but after using it for a bit, the projects were just disjointed — and driving me crazy, the only thing that doesn’t work the way I would like with GTD Tracks.
What MindManager does for me is clearly organize all of the little subject areas of a project — such as objective of the project, sub-topics, and completions — with the ability to see the entire project in some logical order within the sub-topics.
But, you know what? I have too many projects! I’m not talking about “projects” in the definition of David Allen: anything more than one “next action” is a project — which is true and I follow that definition.
But what I’m seeing is that I have too many projects for the bandwidth I have to spend on them. Each of the sub-projects I have would be enough to keep me occupied for a fair amount of time — time I don’t have.
But lots of steps to complete; all time consuming. Set up the blog, set up a sub domain, FTP the files from the old blog and upload them to the new site, and on and on.
I moved one of my sites and it took two days. Just to move it.
My point is not that my life is busy (and I’m outsourcing the move of my other sites, trading dollars for time), but that, on average, we have way too many projects to do and all are competing for our time.
Too many projects at work, too many projects outside of work. It’s getting worse.
How many projects, say consisting of twenty “next actions” is too much?
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