Wanted to quit GTD; couldnít. It still isnít working but maybe I have a solution
Iíve been doing GTD for years now but I can honestly say itís always been a bit of geek obsession and never really a super productive system. Iíve always been thinking about the system and itís never been automatic. The system has been working me and I havenít been working the system.
Iíve recently returned to education and a few days ago found myself super-stressed and unable to cope with work. I became aware that something was seriously wrong with my GTD where you shouldnít have stress at all. I was spending ages processing and organizing (and posted here about how I hated to start P&O).
I was reminded of this point: if the system doesnít work when youíre sick, thereís no point having the system. Which I think is really interesting.
A few days ago I decided the hell with it and I would quit GTD. It was quite a depressing decision because I really like the principles of GTD, Iíve been studying it a very long time, and felt like an admission of failure. But I quickly found myself continuing to collect and put things in my in-tray and I asked myself: am I just not going to process that? What am I supposed to do now? Obviously Iím not really to let go.
Somewhere between the two extremes of no GTD process and a GTD process that cares more about itself than getting any work done may be the answer for me. And Iím wondering if that answer, for me, is to:
a) forget about levels and altitude; Iím not into long-term planning any more and much more into continuous enhancement of the present situation
b) mash together projects, next actions and contexts lists, and just have a to-do list but review it regularly and maybe separate bits out or think about which things are projects and which things are next-action occasionally if I think it is useful
c) use paper instead of digital because digital tends to get forgotten and I really like things to get in front of my face otherwise I just forget about them.
I really have a problem with getting everything off my mind and up-front decision making what actions are on things because I think mental incubation is really important for me.
I realize there may be many questions about this so I will try to be forthright with answers.
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