Gtd is too complex and a waste of effort?
Here is a comment I noticed on Evernote forum about gtd
"no gtd for me either. i think it is interesting, and certainly worth a look, but a waste of effort in my opinion. obviously, i have an odd organizational system, but it works for me, and i have to wonder how many people using gtd now will be using it at this time next year. it's like that big piece of workout equipment in the basement you bought and used for a few days, but never made into a habit, because it is too troublesome to use. "
Here is an interview with this person
"Christopher is a minimalist. He doesn’t want to spend a lot of time on the front-end doing the organization. His mantra is that he stays organized without organizing.
In each journal entry that he creates, he includes a list of “Todos” that must get done for that day.
That’s it. Really."
GTD is complex enough for me
"it's like that big piece of workout equipment in the basement you bought and used for a few days, but never made into a habit, because it is too troublesome to use. "
I agree the set up of GTD for me was time consuming. I am a paper person, and I want to have the habits and the discipline this system rather than learn a new software program. The first few weekly reviews were spent creating waiting for/someday maybe/phone calls/ticker file folders. The first few weeks it seemed like I was setting up the infrastructure or finding a two minute timer more so than reviewing and reflecting.
"Christopher is a minimalist. He doesn’t want to spend a lot of time on the front-end doing the organization.
I saw that time as an investment. Now that the system is in place, how could I NOT use it? What else would I resort to? Where would I move all of these folders and change to what....???
In each journal entry that he creates, he includes a list of “Todos” that must get done for that day.That’s it. Really."
Now here is where I envy Christopher. This is really the living in the moment approach to life. One day at a time...literally. How serene it must be not to have to worry about long term goals. If I want six short newsletters submitted for publication in the next few months, that requires some planning in advance. I need to know monthly income for this month to decide if I can afford to attend the conference in 6 months. So that Todo list for one day might work for him, but I would be out of business if I thought like that. Good for him.
PS IF someone could send me a private message and tell me how to cut out just the quote I want to respond to, that would be great. I cannot figure it out. Again, another reason a paper system is best for me;)