Implementing GTD - Do I need to "Collect"?
So I'm new to GTD. I've read the book (Chapter 2 twice) and I've listened to the Best Practices free podcasts (there's one on each phase). I don't have the bandwidth in my life to take two days to focus on implementation. I'm using GTD more for personal aspects of my life - work is pretty simple and focused.
I've got to admit that while I've always thought of myself as a highly organized person, procrastination has made my world highly disorganized. I've got piles of stuff everywhere. So I don't see the point in collecting "stuff" - it's already there, it's just that my whole family room is like a giant Inbox. Ditto other areas of my life. So my strategy has been to pick up stuff, one pile at a time, and process it, as much as I can at once, usually while watching baseball. I am collecting new stuff, especially ideas, that need to be processed later, but that's a small part of this effort.
So far, so good, but I've heard DA and other coaches comment that the best way to start GTD is specifically to get an in basket and start collection, rather than what I'm doing. Am I missing something? Could I multiply the effectiveness of my efforts?