I was wondering how to define next actions in project situations where the action doesn't have concrete edges such as writing or programming. Do you assign next actions based on a parcel of time or something measurable like word count?
I use "next action" for somethign that is a task that can be completed within, say, a day, and use "active" for when it's ongoing.
For example, i would use "next action" for something like sending an email to Mr Bloggs, but i would use "active" for writing a university assignment because it's something that i will do a bit at a time over a long period of time.
I also use "next action" if i want to bring a particular task to the front of the queue in my todo list to give me a reminder that i want to complete it soon (even if i don't).