The verbs listed in the post are business/productivity verbs. A lot of them don't really apply to me, but I was thinking that I could make my to-do lists much easier to refer to if I codified my own set of action verbs. Here are a few that come up all the time:
- Talk to
- Study (defined as taking notes, or reviewing)
- Research (defined as searching the library or the internet or possibly the store)
- Pray about
- Think about
- Take out
- Put away /File
There are probably a few more, and those ones could be broken down further, but it clarifies my thinking to have those ones out there.
I can't think of any project ones offhand. Here are a few he mentioned:
- Look into (this sounds like Research but maybe it's more about deciding whether to research).
I guess the thing is to take the broader verbs and break them down into smaller actionable steps.
I really wish I’d had these tables taped over my desk three years ago when I started doing GTD, because — geeky as it sounds — they’re a kind of rosetta stone for ensuring that you correctly translate your stuff into either tasks or containers for tasks. So useful.
Here's a couple more articles:
Building a Smarter To-Do List Part I, and Part II
From this one on ciphers:
My theory is that the secret code for most self-improvement systems—from Getting Things Done through Biofeedback and the Atkins diet—is not hard to break; any idea that helps you to become more self-aware can usually help you to reach a goal or affect a favorable solution. That’s pretty much the entire bag of doughnuts right there.
(leads to a few basic principles)
- action almost always trumps inaction
- planning is crucial; even if you don’t follow a given plan
- things are easier to do when you understand why you’re doing them
- your brain likes it when you make things as simple as possible