So I will choose anyone one of my projects
Thanks for your very good answers. Bin thinking about it more and yes you are both correct. In the last 6 months I have learnt to juggle and thinking about this related to the question I've asked, I find the answers:
Juggling is multitasking. You are constantly shifting focus from one ball to the next. Now when you start learning to juggle you start with the one ball from left to right and back again. Once you can work successfully with one ball you then add a second, then a third and so on. Increasing your performance as your performance increases. Also its important to stay with a task long enough to get some movement. If the four projects were four pieces of paper that I wanted to ignite using the sun and a magnifying glass then it would be no good quickly moving the magnifying glass from one piece of paper to the other. I gotta keep on one long enough to build up the heat!
So I will choose anyone one of my projects, I will focus on it until it starts moving and work with it to the point I can move away, focus on another project to get that moving and still get back to the 1st project in time to continue it without any loss of momentum. Just like spinning plates on sticks. And if all goes well then maybe hire some bods and teach em how to spin plates if you know what I mean?
Thanks again :)
in regard to multi-tasking...
I think I am allergic to multi-tasking unless it is for very basic activities such as small repairs, cooking, doing laundry, and routine cleaning, all of which I can do at once with each other and music playing and a conversation.
One of the reasons I procrastinate until a crises hits me is that in most areas I enjoy working on one project until it is done, yet I am loathe to park the rest of life and my team and family member's needs on hold just because I am very uncomfortable with stop and start. It is as if I can't even wrap my mind around the first phase until I have though through the whole thing, and I can't think through the first phase until I have started, even although my plan usually changes a few times once I get started on the tasks. This is especially so for intellectual projects such as writing, anything with numbers such as finances and measurement, and tasks that involve moving things around physically or sorting things into groups. I guess that is most of life. Not only am I attracted to doing one project at a time, but I think the quality of my work is so much better, and my solutions are more creative and streamlined. Until I realized this I couldn't see why I would let a crisis develop until I had to drop everything I could drop.
If I do have to work back and forth between projects, I need an outline to which I can refer or a "cheat sheet" with the basic details, including my purpose and the parameters of the project.
So my greatest problem with GTD, is that the next actions get put into "activity" or "location" contexts but I need to have the cognitive and parameters contexts available to execute things like phone calls, purchases, writing and then I need to refer to the outcome to come up with the next action. When working directly on projects I want enough information at hand so I can make decisions as I go along on a more "wholistic" basis and work dynamically back and forth. When I am not working on a project, I love the chance discovery however.
Maybe I am just being neurotic or I have a cogntive distortion in my thinking ("I must have the whole thing mapped out to do a little part"), but most of my blunders and loss of major resources has from doing things without enough context.
Any thought on this?
Just as a kind of example, I can't really start reading a book until I have looked at the table of contents, the index if any, and gotten a sense of the direction it is going in.
And, I hate records and CDs that are the "best of..." , I want the music in the order the artist intended.
Maybe I do need an examination of my thinking...