In recent posts, some have posed the question, "is GTD too complex?"
As expected, more folks on this GTD forum say "no," or "yes but," "if you don't like it don't do it," or some version of that.
Obviously we are GTD fans, so no surprise.
So enough of the "ooorahh"s and head bobbing on our side; I have a different question:
What makes GTD simple or easy for you? If you have not missed a weekly review since Star Wars came out, is it because of the hot cup of tea that invites you in for 90 mins, while others might be repelled by the weekly review? Is it the neatness and clarity of the label maker on your files that makes it easy to file instead of pile? What small thing makes this GTD easy or simple?
My personal answer is this:
Keep the Next Actions in front of my face. I am new to GTD, and I began with a "phone calls" folder. This folder was inside a drawer. It became a sort of venus fly trap. It would eat up my notes to "call Zack" and I never had to worry about it again. Why weren't my calls getting done? Beats me. Some might say the system is too complex.
This week I pulled out my Phone Calls folder and emptied it!! Same day!! No calls to make! Just moving the folder to where I can see it, made all the difference. One call (which I have wanted to place since October, you read that right) turned into a thank you letter which was much better. I can't tell you how that one simple change made GTD so much easier to do!
So, what makes GTD easy for you to do? What one tip or trick do you have to share that simplifies the system, or one aspect of it?