Using GTD within my Personal and Professional Life
Great to be part of this community of GTD users. A quick overview but I have only recently started implementing the tools of GTD but already the biggest takeaway for me is realising the amount of junk in my head that was playing havoc on my internal RAM.
My initial questions stem from few roadblocks I am encountering using GTD transitioning from the initial set up of my system at home and setting up my projects, context lists, someday/maybe and next actions (most of these have found their way onto context lists such as At Home, At Office etc.). I have recently used the GTS tools as part of beginning a new job. I have a few concerns.
Summarising these as best I can:
* I have spent my first few days of this job slowing down and analysing each item I learn and trying to break it into a project or series of next actions. This feels good. The problem I see is this has used approximately over half of my time thus far and I see it as a cycle which will continue - I used GTD to be clear of all the tasks I need to undertake but feel hesitant to get stuck in. Like an endless loop.
* How do you capture your new open loops whilst working on an active task. My mind seems to funciton in the way I will think of 5 new items per hour. It feels like I need to break my concentration simply to capture these and make a decision about where to put them.
* A common theme I see from other posters is confusing projects and next actions. I feel like I am either too broad on a next action and describe it at a high level (eg. Read x specification or analyse x piece of software) or feel the need to capture a series of actions which than confuse the point of what I need to do next. This triggers a sense of confusion and helplessness.
* Bear in mind I am coming up to my first weekly review. Perhaps this will alleviate my concerns.
I hope I have been clear enough with my questions. Looking forward to your replies.