Need more on the practical mechanics of applying this
Yes, that is an insightful response. But I don't really see much in GTD (including Making It All Work) that gives practical hands-on guidance here.
Originally Posted by kelstarrising
I do have a pretty clear idea of my 20,000-foot and above perspectives. But I have trouble finding useful mechanics for filtering the inputs, tasks, and projects to make sure they represent the best choices to fulfill the larger perspectives. In the day-to-day activities on the "runway", things are moving very fast and everything seems so interesting and seems like it could be pertinent or useful to explore further, to act on further.
Lots of inputs go to the trash but lots of them remain as "would this be helpful to explore further?"
The ideas there were good to read, but I didn't get much practical help from it. How to translate the upper perspectives into action on the ground? Am I missing something?
I would really go after your higher Horizons of Focus if I were you (as described in Making It All Work
The article was very superficial, and I didn't find it helpful. Thanks anyway. :)
or the article Levels of Your Work on our free articles site
) to get clearer about your priorities.
Yes, I think that's an accurate observation. I think I need more practical guidance on how to do that.
Sounds like you're not applying your own filters to what you're taking on.
"learning to say no" can help but it's not enough
Nope, that's not it. Sorry. But I do expect a product to live up to its own promises. And the promise of GTD is that if you process your inputs, put "maybes" onto a separate list for later handling, clarify your desired outcomes (projects), identify next actions, associate next actions with appropriate contexts, take action in each context following your intuition, think hard about your larger perspectives, and review and refresh it all regularly -- then you will have focus and clarity, results that make you happy, and problems like overwhelm will go away.
Originally Posted by TesTeq
I do all that and it doesn't help with the overwhelm. In my experience, it just isn't true that following all this will make it clear what the source of the overwhelm really is, that it will become clear what to ignore and what to accept.
Yes, I am overcommitted. Now what?
Thanks Michael, yes, this is true, as I wrote in my first post at the top of the thread.
Originally Posted by Birdingtn
Yes, writing it all down does give one a clearer perspective, but sometimes that's not enough to really get a practical sense of mastery over it all.
Pruning my lists like a tree.
For me it works because when I look at my overflowing lists I say to myself:
Originally Posted by seraphim
It would be stupid to expect from anybody (including me) to do it all - it's time to prune my lists like a tree:
- to remove diseased or storm-damaged branches
- to thin the crown to permit new growth and better air circulation
- to reduce the height of a tree
- to remove obstructing lower branches
- to shape a tree for design purposes
Re-negotiate your commitments.
In my opinion there is no universal anti-overcommitment cure. To avoid overcommitment you have to get rid of some commitments - David Allen proposes to re-negotiate your commitments when necessary to avoid overcommitment. But there cannot be an universal rule what you should delete or postpone. Some of my goals may seem stupid for you but I want them on my lists and you may wonder why I don't want to travel more.
Originally Posted by seraphim