Re: GTD for Faculty-Ideas?
As a physics professor at a midwestern university, and I have a few thoughts for you:
Large blocks of free time are a scarce commodity, so writing typically has to get done in smaller blocks.
Writing is not really just sitting down and writing, it includes:
developing an outline
jotting down key ideas
writing rough drafts
polishing sentences and paragraphs
Not knowing where you are in the process means starting from scratch every time you come back to a project. I am constantly re-grouping on research projects, for which the final product is one or more papers. You have to know what the absolute next action is, and get small victories regularly.
When I am writing a paper with a grad student or postdoc, we often write together. This buddy system has many benefits. Typically, I cannot sustain focus for more that an hour and a half in these sessions.
Hope this helps.