How long does it take to fully implement GTD and become comfortable using it
I am going to get on the GTD bandwagon having fallen off it again.
I was interested in knowing how long it takes for people to fully implement GTD and become comfortable / using it becoming routine.
I appreciate everyone will be sligthly different depending on their personal workloads and commitments that they are using GTD to manage.
In the time it takes to set up the system and get used to it how do you manage your world - do you use the old habits and try to phase them out or go completely GTD right away? Do you tweak things as you go along to improve things?
Looking for some tips on how to best implement things.
Many thanks and as every any comment are very much appreciated.
seems to be true about the weekly review :)
This is a very interesting thread for me and I thank you for having started it.
It has been more than a year now that I (really) started with GTD. Collecting was a piece of cake, came really naturally and easily and already helped me a lot in organizing things.
Processing is still a big stone on my way but I am working on it (reading The Power of Habit from C.Duhigg is helping me to better understand my brain!). Improving...
And reading this thread I got a "click" (even if I have read this thousands of times all over GTD forums, etc) about the weekly review. I do it but very sporadic and it seems this is impeding me to process and do better. Somehow I am blocked with processing because my brain understood that after processing nothing will happen with the "stuff".
I find it amazing how small and really "stupid" details can make you understand something that has been explained so many times before. That is mainly why I read the forum.
Maybe this helps you too: doing my weekly review was very difficult till some time ago, but finally I understood that I cannot set a fix day/time for it every week, as I travel a lot and often on very short note.
What I do now is to set the date and time for the next review when I finish the one this week. So I know what I will be doing next week and when I will be as "calm" as needed to do it. I put it down on my calendar and do it.
What David Allen said about 2 hours, 2 days, 2 weeks and so can be the case for some, but these must be rather very, very determined. Might be a good goal but I doubt it applies to the majority of us.
Good luck anyhow to you and to me too :)
The Emotional Cycle of Change.
GTD is not different than other changes that you implement in your life so it causes the same emotional roller coaster that was described in a widely cited 1979 article “The Emotional Cycle of Change” by Kelley & Conner. The elements of this cycle are following:
- Uninformed Optimism (Certainty: The honeymoon) (Information level: Low; Optimism: High)
- Informed Pessimism (Doubt: "Uh-oh, this is harder than it looks... a lot harder.") (Information level: Increasing; Optimism: Decreasing into pessimism)
- Hopeful Realism (Hope: "I dunno, maybe this can work.") (Information level: High; Optimism: Begins to recover)
- Informed Optimism (Confidence: “We can do this!”) (Information level: High; Optimism: High)
- Rewarding Completion (Satisfaction: “Was there ever a doubt?”) (Information level: High; Optimism: High)
The "Informed Pessimism" stage is crucial for GTD to survive in your life. Benefits ("mind like water") don't seem as real as in stage one but costs of change (writing down, processign, organizing, doing and reviewing) are becoming very apparent.