Can't stay focused while processing - have tried for months
I've tried to implement GTD off and on for a couple of years now - usually I pick up new information very quickly but for some reason I keep getting stuck with GTD. I know all the info backwards and forwards, have read the book several times, listened to the cds, etc. so am thinking at this point it is more of a mental block than not having all the info.
My primary problem is this: I cannot seem to stay focused while processing - either in my daily processing or in my weekly review. When processing items to my lists, I keep finding that I'll get distracted with a challenging email, or will have an urgent need to get up from my desk and do something else, or any number of other distractions. I use the pomodoro timer to try to keep me focused, which has helped slightly, but I can hardly ever complete a 'full' pomodoro (focused attention for 25 min.)
My work as a marketing consultant forces me to multitask in a high-speed environment, and I do get a lot done during the day - it's more just handling one emergency after another, however. I am tired of feeling that sense of dread each morning as I sit down to my computer, wondering what else fell through the cracks, so I really see the value of GTD - I just can't seem to implement it.
The other issue I face when processing is that my mind resists project planning and defining the next action. For instance, when planning an enewsletter, I think - ok, what does success look like? When does this need to go out? What is the next action? And my mind goes "oh, you know how to do this, don't worry about it. You are hungry, go eat something (or some other distraction)." This happens over and over so my weekly reviews take around 8 hours (so I often don't do them as they are so excruciating.)
The weird thing is that my business is very successful and I still get things done on time for my clients as my project planning kicks in when it 'absolutely' has to get done - it just is with a lot of extra stress on my part. Now I am so busy with work that it's becoming more crucial to plan things out though. Plus my brain hurts!
Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Thank you.
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