Starting back up, my experience
I'm experienced at starting back up!
A while ago Meg and Kelli did a podcast where they suggested getting your organization scheme roughed out before collecting everything. Paper is really nice for this.
for me it is intimidating to do a big collect and mindsweep and realize I've got hours of processing...what is it? Is it actionable? Yes? Where do I put it??? but if I've already roughed out blank sheets of paper called "@Home, @office, @computer" etc then it's pretty easy.
Have some blank paper for Projects too. I number mine from 1 to whatever, and retire the number when project is done. Project #23 might be "GTD to black belt." Then I write a brief vision at the top, outline project support areas (like Outlook folder, Windows folder, paper folder, etc.) I'll brainstorm/dump very briefly and then move on. (Next Actions on the list get the project number added on. Example: Listen to Black Belt webinar on iPod (23). Makes it ever so much easier to do weekly review.
someday/maybe is KEY. Otherwise you can end up, like me, with 285 "next actions" on the @computer list! A big advantage of paper is that you can literally see the next actions piling up and even an overachieving perfectionist time-pressured physician (but I repeat myself...) like me can notice that I've bitten off WAY too much. Inserting a new task into Outlook is too easy and quick. An analogy: if all you have to do is swipe a credit card, spending money is very quick and painless, but if you have to pull out a 50 dollar bill there is a moment of thought!
Another thought--there is no perfect system...just get started and work your way along. I'll remember you during my own frequent struggles.
Email: Outlook and Gmail, PC and Android
Lists: Paper organizer and Android for errands
Wondering about Evernote!