Next action verb analysis

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Next Action Verb Analysis is a MindManager macro that analyzes the next actions in your ResultsManager Daily Action dashboard for "physical action" verbs and "old age".


How to use it

  • Open your daily actions dashboard in MindManager
  • Download the Media:next-action-verb-analysis.mmbas macro file into the macro editor (and hit play) or save it to "My Maps\AO" to be run from there by choosing tools, macros, macro editor, and browsing to the file location.

What it does

The macro will create/open a map called "FirstWordReport" in your "My Maps" directory and add a branch that provides the following information:

  • Main Topic
    • The total number of next actions
    • the number of unique "first word" verbs used
    • The number of tasks with a start date
    • The average age of the tasks with a start date
    • Percentage for each verb is listed in the notes
  • Sub Topics
    • Subtopics that break out the totals and individuals verbs.
      • A hyperlink is added to the 1st occurence of each verb.
      • A "Thumbs Up" symbol is added for words that fall into the GTD "physical next action verb" list. Note that is a pretty limited list so don't worry too much if your verbs don't show up.
      • A "Thumbs Down" symbol is added for words that fall into the GTD "Project verb" list
      • If you have MindReader installed, a check mark is added for verbs in your contexts keywords.
    • A subtopic that lists tasks older than 2x the average
  • Each time you run the macro another branch will be added so you can watch your progress over time.

How to use the results

  • Think about the verbs you are using and consider which "context" you would do them in. If they don't match up with a context, they might need a more "physical" next action to get them done.
  • If the "first word" doesn't seem like a good action verb, click on the link to jump to your daily action dashboard, change the text using "edit activity" and send the changes to the underlying maps, and re-run the macro.
  • If the verb does have a specific context (e.g. Research=web), consider adding it to your MindReader.mmap file using the mra tag so it can automatically be assigned a context when processed using the q or c tags.


  • Consider sharing what you find in the Blog comment section associated with this tool.


Example:

Next-action-verb-example.png

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