I still think it would be helpful to see more specific recommendations and examples.To avoid overcommitment you have to get rid of some commitments - David Allen proposes to re-negotiate your commitments when necessary to avoid overcommitment.
In the MIAW book, there are only two specific recommendations for dealing with overwhelm:
- If you are an idea-generating machine, put those ideas straight onto a special Someday/Maybe list, and review it regularly
- If you are numb to your lists because there is too much on them to process, you need to be aggressive about moving things to Someday/Maybe. And you need to be aggressive about reviewing Someday/Maybe, and pruning/postponing. If you fail to do these things, you will get into a place where you don't trust the system -- and then it will stop working.
He provides a real example only for the first situation.
I'd love to see more recommendations and more examples! Then we can choose the ones that apply to our own situations -- and get new ideas for coming up with our own solutions.
Anybody know where to find them?