David Allen, the author of Getting Things Done, coined the term to describe one of the core steps of his “fundamental process”:
- Write down a project or situation that is most on your mind at this moment.
- Now describe in a single written sentence your intended desired outcome for this problem or situation. What needs to happen to mark this “done”?
- Next, write down the very next physical action step required to move the situation forward.
- Put those answers in a system you trust.
(except from “The Personal MBA: A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume” by Josh Kaufman)