Re: Top-down vs bottom-up?
[quote="bongoman"]One of the aspects of GTD that fascinates me is David's emphasis on starting from the bottom up rather than from the top down, in contrast to many coaches.
I think that what DA is suggesting is that provided that you already know your values and principles and what you aspire for your life to be, you should relax about it and allow these fixtures to stand as reference while you make your Processing decisions. This is in contrast to the Covey-style that encourages you to create action items top-down on the assumption that these are the most important things to do, before incorporating new external demands.
I think you are free to add your own ideas and dreams into your (Inbox) inventory for Processing to arrive at the relative importance/doability of every item, irrespective of its source.