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"At the end of a meeting, go around and review the action steps each person has captured.The exercise takes less than 30 seconds per person, and it almost always reveals a few action steps that were missed.The exercise also breeds a sense of accountability.If you state YOUR action steps in front of YOUR colleagues, then YOU are likely to follow through."
Capturing Actions is one of the keystones of the Getting Things Done philosophy of productivity. We must capture our thoughts digitally or by writing on paper to get tasks out of our head and into an easy to manage flow of information. Any large project can be dissected into a series of individual actions, and knowing the next action to achieve our goal helps to kill procrastination and enable deep focus.