I hate processing and organizing
Iíve been doing GTD a while now and lately Iíve started to realize that I really donít like P&O. Itís not that I think P&O is a bad idea or anything, I just donít like doing it: I postpone it, put it off, and a few days ago literally got nothing done all day because I didnít want to start other work before P&O but couldnít make myself process and organize.
I donít exactly know what it is about P&O that I hate so much; itís not particularly boring; it can sometimes be challenging, sure, but I enjoy other challenging things. At times Iíve found P&O to be gloriously fun and rewarding as I bask in how much clarity and productivity it gives me. Maybe Iím scared of something? Another possibility is that itís just too difficult at the times of day Iím trying to do it (morning or evening).
Sometimes I think the reason why GTD works so well is because it forces people to do P&O that people usually avoid like the plague. Maybe thereís something inherent in P&O that people hate.
Does anybody have any ideas why I*might be having this problem, experience a similar things, or know how I could fix it?
negative thoughts? Complexity? Excessivly positive thoughts? Warmup/recovery?
Maybe you are mentally doing to yourself what I sometimes do--any suggestions welcome!
Negative thoughts: When processing and organizing I sometimes have negative thoughts about what I am processing or organizing. I get stuck in why I did or did not do something, why something failed, or be really upset with myself because a problem is cycling around again. All gets very depressing.
Complexity: I will sometimes get caught up in the dependency of next actions--I can't do this until I do that, I can't do that until I do this, and so on. Then I face the real reason, it is sometimes not a happy realization. Often I need help and I can't get anyone on board without a huge amount of effort and negotiation. Or, I don't have the financial or mental resources to do what I want to do. Sometimes however, all it takes to get out of that is simplification--asking myself what is the most basic element that will do, what is the essential. For example, I know I can't get a consensus on having a nice custom bookshelf built by a carpenter but I can get some glass blocks and planks for $100.00 and get the books out of their boxes.
Also,at times when I start putting the hard scape on the calendar and the reminders of start and finish dates and then I get very anxious and freaked out, especially about how I will communicate all the info and negotiate my obligations. But sometimes that is smugly empowering because I spot the conflicts so I can take the lead in how to resolve them.
Overly positive: At the other end of the emotional spectrum, I will sometimes get wildly excited about a project or a method or a new plan. I will want to drop everything and just do that planning or that task, which I thought would take two minutes and before I know the overflowing in box and the backlog are still waiting for my attention.
Warm up/recovery:A yoga teacher friend reminded me that all hard work needs a warm up and a recovery and to be open to the the fact that just as the practice of the same pose by the same person will be different each time, so will other efforts toward enlightenment. I have not a clue as to the appropriate warm up and recovery are for processing and organizing. I find that NPR and similar news stories and interviews kind of help as a warm up. So far, I have not found music that helps but I am open to it.
This has often helped me.
When filing or looking for a place for an object I have asked myself the question, "where will I look for this when I need it?". Usually, the answer pops into my thoughts right away.
Originally Posted by Suelin23