GTD at home and work, separate or together?
I have started to pursue GTD as a means of organizing my life at home, given my tendency to procrastinate/forget just about any chore there is.
While reading, the author mentions "If your head is empty of everything, personally and professionally, then your in-basket is probably quite full..." While I would like to implement GTD at work as well, I have tried to keep work and home as separate as possible, and was going to treat that as its own separate project.
Should I be trying to implement GTD for all aspects of my life right now, as one big undertaking, or is it alright to separate them like this?
Thank you for your thoughts.
Another reason for wanting the separation
One reason someone may want to keep home and work separate is that the person feels that one of the two has stepped on the other's toes. I imagine there are people who were once so devoted to work that their personal lives suffered, so they may want the separation to reinforce that priority.
Another reason someone may want to keep home and work separate is if the person has a strong negative feeling towards one or the other. For example, if I hate my job, I may not want reminders of it when I'm going to the store. Another example, if I have a horrible home life or a house in terrible disrepair, my emotions may push for separating that area from the productive (so to speak) area.
I can understand why people would want to do this, but I believe many people will lose that motivation as GTD gets more fully implemented (and, by extension, life goes more into balance). I would encourage anyone to keep both systems separate if possible. There are ways of separating work and personal life within a single system (by Contexts, for instance).