How to strike a balance between fun, admin, progression and improving your life?
Has anyone found a good way to balance having fun, doing admin, working on progressing (in all areas of life), and nourishing their current situation?
I'm in the beginning stages of implementing GTD. I have my areas of focus, projects and N/A context lists set up, but I find I spend most of my spare time doing mundane admin tasks/chores such as filling out forms, cleaning, jobhunting, laundry, grocery shopping etc. I'd like to make sure I spend fair amounts of time on the following:
- Things I enjoy (hobbies etc.)
- Administration (Paying bills, filling out forms etc.)
- Progression (for example looking for a new job)
- Nourishing my current situation (for example putting effort into my current job to make it better)
Any advice would be greatly received, thanks :-)
I think you cannot have it all.
I think you cannot have it all. You must sacrifice something to get something else.
Originally Posted by Antoinette GTD'er
What forms do you need to fill?
You have to start on the runway first
If you're just starting out in GTD don't focus on the higher horizons at first. You have to get control of the basic levels of work in your life in ascending order. First get the runway and 10,000 feet (Projects) under control and then you can move into higher levels of strategic thinking. Your "stuff" at runway and 10,000 feet will seriously impair your ability to think at those higher levels. Give yourself 4-6 weeks to get the runway and 10,000 under control first, then start defining your larger horizons.
Your mind needs time to trust your system. You'd be surprised how much the mind resists the unfamiliar even when it makes sense. I was such an out of control crazymaker basket case when I first started that I needed two months for my mind to trust the system enough to let go.
You'd also be surprised how much "stuff" is baked and caked in the deep recesses of your mind. Once my mind started to let go all of this "stuff" started to bubble up especially while I was driving. Get a voice recorder that you can operate without taking your eyes off the road -you'll need it. Turn all of that "stuff" into projects and someday/maybes and then you'll have bandwidth to think about your focus areas, goals and your mission in life.