It sounds like we got off track regarding my original post!! Do I love my job? Am I passionate about selling? Yes, I've been doing this for years! What's that got to do with my post?? An d by the way, I think EVERYONE procrastinates from time to time, which is why I was looking for help!
There's a sweet spot... somewhere between loving something so much, caring about the outcome to such an extent, that you avoid doing that thing (read Steven Pressfield's War of Art for more on this) and not loving what you do, to the extend that reading and doing GTD becomes your vocation.
Originally Posted by kelstarrising
While Tes Teq is being a tad harsh, I'd say most of my friends and family fall into this category. Procrastination, if only to numb oneself from the drudgery that is your life, is the result.
The illusion (delusion) that GTD (or any system) will cure this, is will keep Allen a wealthy man.
I'm sorry for asking harsh, provocative questions.
I'm sorry for asking harsh provocative questions. Sometimes it helps to hear them - sometimes not. If you like your job - that's great.
Originally Posted by gator
And one more thing - GTD is a great methodology for achieving stress-free productivity but I know people (for example my wife) who have never heard about GTD but who are able to successfully manage their Areas of Focus and Projects.
I love my job and I hate my job. I love my job when I'm thinking at the higher levels, what we are doing, why we are doing and what an improvement its going to make. I hate my job when I realise that to do what we want to do we have to deal with the detail. We have to write business cases, fill out paperwork, review, fix up and review, revise, review, its a tedious job with lots of paperwork.
Thank God for GTD! I've realised the reason I procrastinate is because while I like to have everything organised, I don't like to setup the organisational system. But GTD has helped me realise how important it is, and since going through the painstaking business of setting up all my work systems, and then systems for home I've become so much faster and I realise I don't mind the tedious paperwork if it's fast and efficient, and my job is becoming so much more enjoyable.
I know it is a long drawn out process to organise your life, but believe me it is worth it, hang in it and you won't procrastinate as much when it's done.
Doing double work is better than not doing any work (procrastinating)
I also work with different tools at work. Which one to choose? In my experience it doesn't really matter which one you use, just pick one to have your actions list and project list on.
If you feel like you are doing double work, moving projects from one system to another or moving actions from one list to a different, that doesn't matter. Even though doing double work isn't optimal, it actually pays off in the end anyway. Why? Because everytime you move something from one system to the other you renegotiate your commitment to the task/project and you can't help but to ask all these questions again and again "What is it?" "What does it mean?" "Is it actionable?". Continously processing and organizing will help you to get to done faster. GTD evolution in the making.
So start to do double work, then you are actually DOING something instead of just procrastinating. And you free up a lot of time since you don't have to think about the best tool.