Frightened of elephants
Well after an extended free trial and attending a seminar in London last year I have finally made the committment and signed up to GTD Connect for a year. I should have done it ages ago but I am determined to make it work this time round. I've had numerous attempts at GTD over the years but I have a number of problems and I think the forums are going to be a key part in finally getting myself unstuck.
My boss at my last job used to say to me when I was faced with a big project "How do you eat an elephant?". The answer of course was always "One mouthful at a time".
But - what do you do if you fear the elephant. Various parts of the GTD methodology work really well for me and I've got a number of tools working really well for me - more on those in another post. But the problem is all around my lists and habits.
I've signed up to Nozbe and I really love it - to each their own tool and for me this is the one I want to go with. The problem is not with the tool now - it's with me. I've got a list set up, some sensible projects and contexts. Not huge but a starting point. And now I'm avoiding it like the plague.
I do the same with things like my online banking - if I know I might have over-spent or am near my account limit I will know that I need to log into the online banking and check things and perhaps move some money around or tighten my belt - but I will avoid doing so. And so it is with my Nozbe list - I'm not getting done what I can remember in my head and what's in my calendar - and if my calendar didn't have alerts that popped up I'd probably be ignoring that too.
Why can't I just open the list and look at it? Why can I not bring myself to be positive about it and even if I've got the list into a state to put aside time and do a review cycle and sort it all out. I am aware this is a psychological issue than GTD methodology itself - yet I was surprised when I attended the seminar last year how much of it was based around mindfulness and thought patterns.
Any pointers in the right direction would be much appreciated.