I am new to GTD, and have only been using it for a couple of months. I have a couple of question about processing the inbox:
1. During the processing phase, I know you are meant to take each item out, and not put it back, but I find myself resisting this sometimes. For example, this week while processing in my office at work, I pick up a note that I need to enter into Evernote (> 2 minutes to do), or pick up a bill that needs paying, I often just add it to my list, then put it back in the inbox! It seems a bit over the top to file a bill or meeting notes in a different place, just to do the action a few hours later. I know this reduces the aim of clearing the inbox to zero, but am not sure how to be most efficient! I wonder if others ever feel this?
2. During a busy day, when urgent emails or paper documents fall on my desk, I often find myself doing lots of tiny cycles of processing and organising etc. I usually do a full cycle of process/organise/review each morning, but then it gets a bit chaotic during the day as things fly at me. Does anyone else get this? Do you stick to your guns and ignore the burning issues until your regular processing session? Or do you keep assessing and processing all through the day? I am torn between being too reactive (and maybe inefficient) or too rigid and not starting important tasks soon enough!
Maybe it is time to read the book again! On balance GTD is great and I love it! But I feel it needs a lot of work to get it running smoothly...
Thanks in advance for any advice!