More examples of successfully overcoming overcommitment?
I totally agree with you.
Originally Posted by TesTeq
I still think it would be helpful to see more specific recommendations and examples.
To avoid overcommitment you have to get rid of some commitments - David Allen proposes to re-negotiate your commitments when necessary to avoid overcommitment.
In the MIAW book, there are only two specific recommendations for dealing with overwhelm:
- If you are an idea-generating machine, put those ideas straight onto a special Someday/Maybe list, and review it regularly
- If you are numb to your lists because there is too much on them to process, you need to be aggressive about moving things to Someday/Maybe. And you need to be aggressive about reviewing Someday/Maybe, and pruning/postponing. If you fail to do these things, you will get into a place where you don't trust the system -- and then it will stop working.
He provides a real example only for the first situation.
I'd love to see more recommendations and more examples! Then we can choose the ones that apply to our own situations -- and get new ideas for coming up with our own solutions.
Anybody know where to find them?
(More real-life examples of David Allen helping his clients find solutions?)
In general, I wish there were LOTS more specific real-life examples in the books - they are always very interesting and illuminating, even inspiring. It's great to see how David Allen has helped individual people apply GTD and overcome specific problems with it.
But these examples are sparse, and sometimes the books feel too abstract and theoretical as a result.
Maybe another book? :D
Individual coaching or telecoaching.
I think you can obtain non-theoretical, specific to your situation advice via individual coaching or telecoaching by one of great David Allen Company coaches.
Originally Posted by seraphim
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Originally Posted by Oogiem
It's all down to your gut feel
Reading through this excellent discussion, I can't help but feel the missing (intangible) piece of the puzzle is gut feel.
There's an example somewhere of David looking at his lists and then ignoring them and pruning a tree.
For me this is the other side of the coin - having a complete inventory so you know all the things you would like to do (like includes want to, have to, really should do) allows you to goof off and do something else (assuming you're happy to do that - your gut isn't telling you it's wrong).
From the overwhelm perspective - I think it'll come down to gut feel on 'Do I really have time to do Action A now' - if yes, then put on the action list. If no, put on Someday Maybe and review in X months. If in X months it's become 'That would have been nice but I'm not that bothered about it now' - then prune it. If it re-surfaces in the future, then it can go back on the list.
Go with your instinct - and recognise you can't do everything. You can only eat so many cookies before your stomach says no more!! GTD just helps you identify which cookies are the best to eat (Chocolate chip, every time).
And as for having a shovel telling you where to dig - superb, TesTeq - great image :)