Implementation order for GTD
Do people have thoughts on bringing a GTD system online without doing a complete collection phase first? I've made some efforts to implement GTD in my life in the past without success. After using a few different processing tools (ThinkingRock, DGT GTD) I have a feel for the software side of the equation. I have re-read the book and I understand where I went wrong in some areas.
I am not sure I am capable of a full collection sweep at this time, but I would like to continue refining my GTD habits. Any thoughts on bringing a system online but straying somewhat from the textbook methodology
Collected all but the email
I am new to GTD, and am using a paper based system at home and at work.
My unread emails number over 400, and are dated back from 2008. I have given myself permission to apply GTD (for now, in the first 3 months) to my physical office and physical 'stuff'. I gave myself a free pass on the email, and am applying the thinking (what is it? trash, reference or action?) and discipline (no, don't clean out the three hole puncher when you should be on the phone) and habit (weekly reviews for 3 straight months) to my physical environment.
The more success I have, the more I want to continue with the system. Am I haunted by the backlog of emails? You bet I am. Do my eyes glaze over, and do I waste time just staring with overwhelm at the screen? Of course. But I started where I started. Progress, not perfection.