Originally Posted by TesTeq
Excellent questions, TesTeq, for dadalus to think about and to post
answers to here if he wants!
In answer to dadalus: Yes, for me, GTD really works, in some ways.
For example, a few months after I started GTD I was frequently surprised
that various minor frustrations weren't happening because I had already
fixed things, moved them to the correct locations etc.
I agree with others on this thread that reading the book, "Getting Things Done",
is the key first step. If you don't want to pay for the book you may be able
to borrow it from a library or from a friend, acquaintance or co-worker, or maybe
get an employer to buy you a copy. If you don't want to spend the time reading,
you could consider instead posting here what you want to accomplish
(e.g. spend more time on long-term projects; avoid frequent crises;
figure out what you want to do with your life, etc.; we might not need to know
so much about what particular types of work or projects you're doing)
and then people here may be able to suggest particular parts of GTD to
When I started GTD I didn't seem to have the spare time to spend a weekend
or even a couple of hours starting GTD, so I started by carrying around a notebook
with me to use for GTD. I continued with whatever previous systems I was using,
and when new things came up I wrote them into the notebook and organized
them according to GTD. So I gradually transitioned to GTD (more or less)
over a few weeks or months.
You might like to read my review of GTD that I wrote around when I was starting:
Inability is an abstract thing involving comparison with alternate universes; it cannot be experienced.