Delineating Next Actions by Meggin McIntosh, PhD

In General
Sep 2nd, 2013

"Next" buttonWhen you are processing your inbox, one of the main questions you need to answer is, “What is the very next action I need to take on this item?”  Often, one of the reasons we procrastinate on doing something is because we haven’t delineated what the next action is.  Below are ten common answer stems for the question, “What is the very next action I need to take on this item?”

  1. Contact via Phone
  2. Contact via Email
  3. Decide
  4. Discuss with
  5. File
  6. Give to
  7. Order
  8. Ponder
  9. Read
  10. Write

If you would like to download a form that I created for my own use so that I could just check off what the “next action” is, then go to the download page of Top Ten Productivity Tips and get a PDF document that you can print and use.

It’s surprising, really, the difference it makes when I use this form vs. when I just sit and think about ‘so, what do I need to do next?’  This helps spur me to action. I hope it does for you, too.

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