Why Am I Most Numb to my Most Important Projects & Actions?
I've just mass replied to the other thread I started, Never Seeing an Empty Next Action List.. and must thank everyone for truly wondering, and sublime advice...but of course with wanting to evolve in the system another question arises; one that I kinda touched base with my reply in that thread:
I understand that GTD is not about seeing an empty action list...that's fine and in fact, a better answer than I could've hope to have heard. After posting that thread I revamped my entire OmniFocus system, rewriting every project, thoroughly this time, setting a clear successful outcome for each.
But my qualm rests in being numb to 2-4 specific Projects...and 2-5 specific available actions; most if not every time these actions are from these projects to tackle.
I currently have about 40 projects, where about half are on hold with either a coming soon start date or just plain on hold cause they're not gonna blow up in my face any time soon. They may also be on hold so I can tackle whats on my plate at the time being, being able to slide more of these on hold projects to the active side so I don't get overwhelmed.
...But of these active projects there are usually always a few projects that are truly important. They don't have firm due dates (unless I set one myself, but haven't seen success with this unless the due date truly is firm). These 3-4 projects take up so much mental RAM in my mind, the only time they aren't are after a weekly review, though i'm so happy to clear up my mental RAM that I won't touch the project until the next Weekly Review.
Here is a random list of some of my current active projects, with the bold ones being super important, though not having touched them in weeks..(but still rewriting them during my weekly review in hopes of clarifying):
Wash Car, Wash Dishes, University Housing, Movies to Rent, Burn CDs for Car, Re-Listen to David Allen Audiobooks, PO BOX Change of Address,Create Finance Spreadsheet Call Dad, Call Sister, Pick up Baseball Tickets, Upload Videos to YouTube, Read Book,University Search, Read/Review Carlos Report, etc.
Every morning i'll wake up, flag actions i want to tackle for the day, always including actions from the bold projects..but never really touching them. I know they're the most important but am not going for them..instead i'll tackle actions from all the projects around them; hoping that getting the ball rolling on other actions will prepare me to tackle these big important projects/actions, but I never do.
Tackling the bolded projects/actions would give me my most bang for my buck, the most satisfaction having approached and tackled; the biggest feeling of having accomplished something during the day before I go to sleep. But I never do.
& Naturally because i dont tackle not even the next available action step for these 2-4 big projects my mind will nag at me the whole day while I tackle the less important projects and also when i'm taking a break from tackling these less important projects.
Why am I so numb to my most important projects? I'm numb to the projects and the available actions. Even though I know they would provide me with the most satisfaction if tackled and/or completed...