My Personal Issue With Project Creation
My Personal Issues With The GTD Process
I wish to write about my issues with GTD. Do not take this as a hit at GTD, but how my personality currently is not compatible with it.
We all know the different steps from the workflow diagram? I will just recap to be sure:
It is of course a bit more complex than that. Collecting for me is very easy. I have no problem whatsoever writing down my thoughts in the different buckets. Having less buckets are also important as well. My own experience tells me that I should really limit them because stuff slips through the cracks. Using text files in Dropbox and OmniFocus at the same time became a no go. I put stuff in there, but I did not do much about it afterwards as frequently as I wished.
Processing, this is where things go a bit wrong. I have no issues deleting, archiving, or incubating. Projects however are something different. I can see that something is a project. I can put it in a projects list (OmniFocus), but there is where the trouble starts.
Not every project needs a detailed outcome nor may it need the brainstorming. However some projects do and my brain is a source of mindlessness and agony. I have an analytical mind and in the GTD workflow it really goes berserk to the point of paralyzation through analyzation.
It is a conditioned behavior. It is a conditioned behavior that is really not compatible with GTD (in my case at least) because it does not say stop. It can always tear down my current plans, find something better or simply analyze it so I reject the notion of it completely.
Though that behavior is currently preventing me to fully implement the GTD system, I still have many benefits from GTD. I am also training myself to become more mindful (through meditation for instance) and other mind-calming techniques.
There is also a realization (as with the Dropbox and OmniFocus inbox) that I really do not like having many systems (paper, Windows, Mac). I have some documents in paper. I have other documents that absolutely do not need to be in paper.
It is essentially scattered. Along with an over-analyzing mind. I need to simplify. I intend to simplify. Dual systems be gone (selling PC), changing the paper system to only contain really important legal documents, etc. Always scan bills, documents and archive them. I learned that I needed to view my process, but also put it in writing.
As I mentioned I am learning about being more mindful. There are a plethora of reasons and initially I did not think it would affect anything with my GTD process. Without a clear mind few things around you are really obvious. Now that I have a calmer mind I intuitively see ways to improve my workflow. I cannot yet proclaim to have solved the projects issue, but I think in time that will also become more obvious.
I am not sure whether I am writing this to get input, or that I want to share my thoughts in hope that others can benefit from it. Hope that people find this post useful!
Last edited by theilluminated; 05-24-2013 at 10:45 AM.
Reason: adjusted a little, thanks to ellobogrande!
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