I'm a longtime GTD adherent (since 2005). I love it. My piece of advice is that GTD is like any relationship. There are highs and lows - times when you need it most, times when you start to distance from it a bit, and times when you refresh your commitment to it. No system is perfect - you have to find the one that works best for you. For me, focus is a constant struggle, even for more than a few minutes - I think I may have a touch of undiagnosed ADD. The system that works best is a backbone of GTD, with the Pomodoro technique thrown in to help me focus on longer tasks, and some Flylady-style routines to keep things in order in my home. I'm no stranger to a busy lifestyle. I work a full time job as well as a part-time one as a community educator, am a part-time graduate student, and do extensive volunteer work with my church and non-profit groups.
Last week we unexpectedly took on my husband's sister, who is still in high school. She will be living with us for the next few years. School hasn't even started yet, and the paperwork to get her enrolled is already in a big pile. I'm wondering how other people work their school-age kids' activities into their GTD systems.
I'm picturing her giving me general dates for holidays and projects and putting it into my calendar, but do you have any other tips to set her up for success with the help of GTD? Do you help your kids develop their own GTD system? (I'd love to help her do this, if she's willing.) I'm getting her a computer & cell phone, and will probably give her a large basket to store her books and school projects. We're planning on having her use the dining room table as a study space, since she needs some guidance and monitoring for study time. (Normally I'd trust a teenager to structure her own study time, but she's far behind and has requested help with disciplined studying.)
Basically, I have a new teenager and we're trying to figure out how to set her up for success and avoid some of the hectic disorganization I sometimes see in families.