I am brand new to the system, but it just seems to me that there is no place in the David Allen system for projects without end.
For instance, "Learn to Play the flute"
Your first action is to get a flute, then you get a teacher, later you make another action learn the scales, then later you learn how to play a simple piece of music, you keep putting more next actions on the list one after the other, but then, one day you decide "I have learned to play the flute" and then David Allen puts it on the completion list and never thinks about it again.
And he is one of the worst flute players in the world. The best things we do in life, learning to play music, learning to be a good father, learning how to be a good husband, all these things are never ending. And I guess the way to adapt these is to make little tiny goals one by one for these ongoing projects. So for instance to be a better husband one goal is to learn to always pick up your dirty laundry and put it in the hamper, so make that goal and then when you achieve it you make another goal, that you come right home after the game is over at the football stadium instead of hanging out there and having a dozen beers. So you go baby step by baby step achieving tiny goals putting them into action steps and achieving the actions.
But the David Allen system doesn't really provide for this sort of system. The David Allen system is for GETTING IT DONE and then throwing it out. Sure you can put it into your area of interest but once it goes into your action list you want to get it DONE and finished, so it's out of your psychic ram. But the best things in life are never ending, you are always working on them. Like you always work on your golf swing. It's not like Tiger Woods decided one day "OK I'm good enough, I don't have to work better at golf anymore. This project is DONE." Nope. He's working on a never ending project of getting better and constantly achieving and adjusting goals.
My feeling is that even though David Allen learned to play the flute he is probably one of the worst flute players in the world, because he put it on his list just so he could check it off. That's not how you learn to play the flute.
Please criticize, like I said I'm a newbie to the system, and I probably don't understand it fully and there really is a great way to get the ongoing projects in life integrated into the system that I don't really understand.
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