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It doesn't recommend handling task dependencies, because if done properly it shouldn't be a problem. Why is that? Because a task that is dependent on an unfinished task shouldn't be in your Next Actions.


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No! Is that a valid answer? RTM treats every task as separate item and the only group operation is automatic sorting by dates/priorities, etc. What you seem to be asking about on the level above pure implementation is how to get Actions that are not Next Actions to become Next Actions at the relevant moment (after previous Next Action is done). Normally, ...


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E. g. OmniFocus and ThinkingRock can do such things: several tasks in a project can be defined as "parallel" or "sequential". The latter choice would be yours: if the first next action in the sequence is marked as done, the next one is activated automatically. The other tasks in the sequence stay hidden. A "leight-weight" solution which works well with ...


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The "Waiting For" list in GTD is typically used when you're waiting on someone else to finish something you've delegated. You can also use it to indicate you're waiting on yourself to finish something. Then before consulting your "Actions" list to find a new "Next Action", check your "Waiting" list. You may find some tasks can be moved from "Waiting" to ...


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The situation you're in is called yak shaving. Within the realm of software design, it's often clear that no alternative exists to a particular A-B-C-D-E chain. You must do E. No choice. But in the wider world, you can often find other chains that lead to achieving A. A guideline: the more content you are to be puttering along on E, achieving E ...


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If your a command line junky Task Warrior will allow you to do this. Lets say I enter a bunch of tasks so the numbers used to reference them are 1, 2, and 3. then task 2 dep:1 task 3 dep:2 Then when using the "unblocked" report only task one will show up. When you mark task 1 as done task 2 will show up. I use dependencys heavily enough that I changed the ...


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So, embarrassingly, and against a number of sources of advice, my next action list is sorted by the time that the task arrived in the box, newest tasks at the top, oldest at the bottom. One of my ways of dealing with the inefficiencies that the sort-by-entry-time method causes is to make a rule that everyday I must do the oldest task in the list and I make ...


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I mark as complete and then schedule a new task for tomorrow - plus any knock on tasks such as letting people know there might be a delay.


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I spend sometime thinking about this problem too. IMHO, it's one of the situations that we can't apply a "full" pomodoro template. In your case, I will recommend merging the next task into this task, and call them "Complete 2 test cases". In fact the test case failed not because of you, so your responsibility is completed already. Then if you still need to ...


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I think the answer is basically the same thing you'd do for handling recurring tasks (in either an electronic or paper-based system), which is just one part of a way to implement GTD electronically. Put the reminder to delegate in a tickler file or in an electronic system such that it will pop into your context list when you're ready. Tell John to email me ...


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If these tasks stand presently on their own, i.e. not part of a project, then joining them into a project would be the obvious answer. A project need not be anything big, but is merely an outcome that is dependent on several actions. Even though GTD does not offer anything within projects that handles dependencies, you can probably either denote them here by ...


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I notice this situation the most when I need to discuss "summarizing the marketing report" with Mike in order to delegate it to him. Note that in a perfect GTD world, Mike would be so reliable that you wouldn't need to remember what you had delegated to him. But in the real world, delegating means assigning, waiting, and reviewing; and GTD doesn't spell ...


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Monk To Done: https://www.rememberthemilk.com/forums/tips/12222/ This method was designed explicitly as an answer to your question, and it was designed explicitly for Remember-the-Milk.


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Emacs org-mode can do that. The software is open source, free to use and platform independent. However, if you have never worked with Emacs, it might need some time to learn the basics. I have done that less than a year ago (starting from scratch - after working with a lot of applications with a much nicer GUI) and for me it's absolutely worth it: ...


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One application i used previously that has the capability to show dependencies is My Life Organized. I had stopped using it because it's design was rather dated and it was a paid app, but it looks like they just had a rather significant redesign, and there is a free trial. The amount of functionality offered with the software is staggering and there's just a ...


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I use MyLifeOrganized for such things and it has built in dependency tracking along with hierarchy (if parent task has incomplete child it will not be shown in TODO list unless it is compleated), tags and much more. Actually it allows to fully implement GTD (at least in my case). By the way "brainstorming" is only one (first) part of GTD process and it is ...


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I always put a check next that item for that day, because I worked on it. I also put a "percent complete" next to that item if it is not finished. If helpful, I will put a note about what was done, needs to be done still or where I left off. As far as waiting on something, I usually put a W next to it, to show that I am waiting on something to proceed. I ...


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There is also a new iOS app that is dedicated specifically to ordered task lists: TaskRoll, but it is probably more aimed towards longer workflows, especially those that one will need to repeat over and over. The way it works is that it shows you one task (per workflow) at a time, moving on to the next one once you mark it as complete. There is a paid and a ...


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There is a difference between important tasks and necessary tasks. In your question, you actually say the right thing: it'll be necessary to do another task in preparation If you cannot get to A without doing B, C, D and E, then you either find another route, or do them all. If D, for example, is important, but you don't need it done in its entirety, ...


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Well, I think we might need to establish if you need to do one of those things to even start another or if you need to do one of them to only do part of another. I also think the answer will definitely depend on what kind of project you're doing. Personally, I think you might have to either focus on only one aspect until you realize you really really need ...


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Hiveminder has task dependencies. They are very flexible - you just specify that one task comes before or after another and then the the dependent tasks are hidden by default.


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I think there's an easy way to handle this, but your interpretation of the 2-minute rule is getting in the way. I'm looking at my GTD poster on the wall right now and for me the process goes like this: What is this? summarize the last marketing report. Is this actionable? Yes. What's the next action? Prepare summary of the latest marketing report with ...



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