In the GTD system, Actions represents next actions -- things you can do now to do the next step. But I have a quandry: how do I handle future actions?
Let's say one project is "paint X for my living room." I may need to:
- Frame it
- Hang it
(I removed concurrent next actions for the sake of focus and simplicity.) Now, how do I handle this?
- Do I put all four into Action -- although the latter three are not actionable yet?
- Do I keep them in stuff -- even though I know what to do with them?
- Or worse yet, do I keep them in my head until I've handled the predecessor items?
I favour the first option, since it allows me to brain-dump a list of actions and know "how many actions until I'm done this project?" The problem then becomes when I look for a next item -- I see a huge list of actions I can't even do yet, because of predecessor/successor relationships. (Which are not mapped anywhere.)
How do I solve this dilemma?