Does a daily to-do list reduce the efficiency of GTD
I'm aware some of you are comfortable customising the GTD system to suit your needs. I also realise that David is against the use of daily lists of tasks/to-do items, and I see from reading some post some users actively use daily lists.
My questions is, does using a daily to-do list reduce the efficiency of the GTD system, since the material implies that one should refer to a particular context of your (unprioritised) NA list during discretionary time.
I find that I'm more productive when I have in front of me on paper (a simple notepad works best) a small bunch of tasks to carry out one of the after. If I were to constantly refer back to my huge NA list, even if I refer to just one context, such as At Office, wouldn't I tend to get overwhelmed by the large number of actions in front of me, which I would need to face after completing every action?
Having said that, I haven't tried implementing the GTD system yet to see for myself, but I can't see how this can be more productive to having a to-do list of tasks/action which can be carried out immediately without continuous planning.
Perhaps I've missed something?
Thanks in advance for anyone who can clear this up for me. I'd also really appreciate if Jason could give me a response on this.
doing your work as it shows up
Maybe because there is still that "doing your work as it shows up"-thing.
Re: Does a daily to-do list reduce the efficiency of GTD
Originally Posted by John Silver
having tried both (working with and without a daily task list) my experience is that the daily task list reduces my efficiency, but enhances my effectiveness and sense of accountability and responsibility. Without a daily list I can get done much more, though I might not know what I'm doing or if the decision of my boss was very smart.
Although I still use my daily task list in order to prevent me from overwhelm , I more and more tend to write down appointments with myself in my calendar and reduce the use of the daily task list.