Simply put, you need to compartmentalize.
Short Term Issues are addressed during the Level 10 Meeting. These are pressing matters that need to be solved immediately, i.e. broken equipment, a bad Measurable, an off-track Rock. This is where to-do’s are often created or decisions are made.
Use the Long Term Issues list as a parking lot for topics of discussion that are less urgent or don’t fit this quarter’s priorities. Examples include future Rocks, good ideas you don’t have the resources to pursue, or non-pressing problems, etc. While usually addressed during Quarterly meetings, keeping tabs on the Long Term list will prevent lost opportunities or problems from growing too large. When it is time, you can move a Long Term Issue to the Short Term list and IDS it. There’s always a place to capture every thought, and Long Term Issues list is just for that!