"Do"-ing ... how much do you work out of your system
I first discovered GTD about a year ago and have been diligently attempting to apply it ever since.
I've got a pretty good collection habit now - when a thought occurs to me, I dump it into my phone, and everything physical lands in the inbox at home. I'm also pretty good at processing on a routine basis ... taking things out of the physical or virtual inbox, assigning them a meaning and deciding what to do next. (A few months ago the power of "What's done"? and "What's the next physical action"? during the processing phase both clicked for me ... definitely a revelation!)
Here's the thing ... when I "Do", I rarely "Do" what's in my system. I just kind of do. I'm a stay at home dad so I don't have a lot of defined projects. The Weekly Review is turning out to be a helpful way to say "No" to myself and remind myself every week or so that I'm trying to take too much on. I also take the time to check off a lot of the stuff I ended up doing over the last week and picking some new actions.
Any suggestions from people on building a habit of doing what's in my system, not whatever happens to occur to me which may or may not be in my system? My worry is that I'm avoiding some projects that are important to me because I'm distracted by the new shiny, and because I so rarely actually review what I want to do, it's not really in my head. So then the not fun stuff and the things that may be important but don't neatly fit into my more visible areas of focus just don't get done.
I've considered trying to build a habit of just not doing something if it's not in the system (allowing myself to add & immediately check off if needed), or building a focus list near the beginning or end of each day. Other thoughts? Did anyone have an aha moment when "Do" clicked and you started working out of your system and not your head?
I'm using Omnifocus on Mac/Phone and just set up some views specific to those devices, but find that I'm never looking at them (context turns out not to be useful for me, other than "sleeping toddler", "awake toddler" and "no toddler around", since pretty much everything we do is at home)