GTD reckons that one of the reason why people procastrinate is because what needs to be done has not been clarified enough. If you decompose your thought into small enough manageable physical actions, you are more likely to do the first action when the context is appropriate. When you process your thought that way, you will soon realise that many thoughts become small projects. Even buying a birthday present is a project as you first action will be to decide what to buy!You can create project and sub-project using:
- the Process Thought screen: when you define the action, check the "Create a new project". If you add the project to an existing project, it becomes a sub-project;
- the Project tree panel: when you are planning or reviewing a project. Once you have selected a project, you can press F4, define the sub-project, then press F4 again etc... If the node you have selected is the top "Projects" one, a top project will be created;
- the project tree panel: when you right-click on an action (or press button), you can convert that action into a project. You will perform this operation if you realise that you have not decomposed your action in small enough physical actions.
You can create a action using:
- the Process Thought screen: when you process a thought, select actionable and define the action;
- the Process Thought screen: when you reprocess an item, select actionable and define the action;
- the Project tree panel: when you are planning or reviewing a project. Once you have selected a project, you can press F3, define the action, then press F3 again etc...
We decided to allow the creation of action and project directly without forcing to go through the collect thoughts process because we felt that this was required in order to plan your projects in the most efficient way.