Keep at it! It is worth it
GTD is hard, otherwise everyone would do it. But they are not so you doing GTD will give you an edge, just keep at it and the wins will eventually come.
Inbox zero is a fundamental part of GTD though and keep throwing stuff back into the inbox will not give you the big wins you deserve.
To change this old habit you have to form a new one. Charles Duhiggs book "The Power of Habits" explains this really well. A good companion to GTD.
To begin to smooth out the day you basically need two things:
1. Inbox zero
2. Trust your system
They work in tandem. If the inbox is not empty you don't trust your system but if the inbox is empty you build trust into your system.
Then you can take a step back whenever some emergency happens and say: I have nothing in my inbox and all my other commitments are in my trusted system, so I can take on this emergency immediately.
Life is good
One Action Support Folder
I have a single action folder not several. If it's one of those small things not tied to a full project or not needing it's own folder I put it in the my Action Support folder. If that folder gets too big, which in my world is about 1/3 inch thick, I know I've got a problem and I go through it carefully and make sure I know what each piece of paper is and why I have it there. If my physical action support place gets full of stuff I also know I need to clean it out by doing some of the things those items relate to.
Originally Posted by jmit