Why does my brain resist doing GTD?
I have been struggling w/implementing GTD for a couple of years now and for some reason part of me really resists it. I completely agree with the concepts and am very familiar with them, and I keep up by reading posts on this forum.
However, I keep experiencing the same scenario over and over. When I try to sit down and define my projects and capture everything on one list, part of my brain doesn't want to. Then when I try to define the very next action, my brain REALLY doesn't want to. I've done complete weekly reviews before and have gotten my in box to zero so have experienced that feeling of capturing everything, but yet I still resist the basics of writing down ALL my projects and defining a next action for each. I'll get distracted or find a billion other things to do and often I'll realize some emergency project I need to work on and I'll forget about my lists for a week or so.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Is my brain just not cut out for GTD?
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"Resistance is useless." - Douglas Adams, "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"
Oh, TesTeq, that's funny! I'm going to play your fanfare for that one!
Originally Posted by TesTeq
"...for some reason a part of me really resists it."
For some reason is the core of the issue, isn't it? You could give me 5 reasons right now why you resist it, I'll bet. Define this and defining your next actions will be a piece of cake!
Here's why I resist:
"I'll be spending two hours to define my next actions, with no time left to do anything!"
"I'll only be making a little progress on everything, but nothing will ever be completed."
"I won't have time to do the system without letting people down who need completed work."
"Nothing in my life is consistent... how can I be consistent with this?"
"When can I just relax? If I don't write it all down, I can relax now, can't I?"
(so much chatter in my brain is giving me a headache!)
So I know exactly what you mean! It took me a long time to get everything down (well, there's no such thing as everything, but, close... -ish... mostly...). My big fear was that if I wrote it down and got it done, there would just be more room for more things to do. And I already had SO much to do!
But actually, as I made more room, I bought myself the time for bigger-picture clarity about my life, not just my work. And as a result, I am making substantial changes to how I choose to spend my time to feed my goals, my vision and my life's purpose.
And yet I still hear the chatter every day... I have to ignore it, though, and push through.
So... what are your top 5 reasons? :D
It takes time for your brain to trust the system
The human brain is a lousy secretary yet it does not want to give up the job easily. It takes time for new patterns to develop especially if you've been out of control for so long. Just keep doing it and be patient with yourself. It took my brain a month to let go of the stuff banging around in there.