I have tried to implement GTD many times. The first time, I wasted four hours trying to get my PDA to sync with Outlook on my computer. I never tried GTD again, even though the collect and process steps helped a lot. I sold the PDA.
I tried again... spend several hours that time trying to figure out what kind of folder system to set up, even spent money on a labeler, the whole thing. Felt like my life, which was already overscheduled, was now focused around setting up the GTD System to archive old paperwork and future project ideas!
Tried again. Put all future project stuff in one big folder, put all "to be archived/reference" in a big box and now have "organize archives/reference" as a project on my project list. I absolutely have to get going on current projects and my extensive To-Do list.
I'm using Google Calender put all my single sheets of paper from my mindsweep that need to be done ASAP in a big folder. I'm still completely overwhelmed. I have no idea how to organize that folder of To-Dos....
I'm a graduate student now, and I really want to excel, not just do the bare minimum. I also want the rest of my life under control. It's a good week if I can just get laundry done.
Yes, I'm in the victim quadrant! How do I get from there to someplace better?