Trusting your self and doing what you want...a researcher's take
On DA's blog post today he talked about this...http://www.gtdtimes.com/2013/03/20/t...28GTD+Times%29
Well, "talked about" meaning a quote was posted...great quote, though!
"Trust yourself to do what you really feel like doing, and what you feel like doing will change. Donít, and it will plague you"
The things I love about GTD are the mind-like-water concept, emphasis on being free from mental burden, and trusting your system. I think that's why it's been working for me for almost 2 years now.
On the other hand, I'm dealing with some internal conflict on the point of this quote. What I've found in my own productivity (or lack of) patterns is that if I follow my whim, a lot of project get started but nothing gets finished (particularly if there is no deadline). I'm a researcher, have earned my doctorate, present regularly at conferences, so I'm doing okay professionally, but I'm still stymied by finishing up the things with no deadlines (e.g., the peer reviewed publications). They're essential for advancement, I like doing them (I like writing and data analysis), but some really promising projects sill lie half or even 90% finished as new ones develop.
Looking for any insight from those with similar experiences. How do you "force yourself" (or entice yourself) to finish up things. I've put a stop on new projects (for the most part but not 100% b/c I started a new job and that brought new projects), and banned my self from conferences for a year.
I should note that the more GTD settles into my daily routine, the easier I'm finding it easier to make time to finish up projects, but nothing is done yet. I've "violated" GTD principles a little bit b/c I make weekly goals of finishing 2-4 specific hand-offs, and use Pomodoro on a daily basis (which requires a sort of "to do" list).
Would love if DA himself replied on this, but all replies welcome! Thanks in advance
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