I would think it would be very hard to pin the cause for any depression-like symptoms on any organizational system like GTD. But if you think that might be a problem, there is nothing within GTD itself that recommends you constantly switch from task to task. I use my next actions lists as they relate to Projects more as a "bookmark", so I'll know where I left off when I pick the project back up again.
Originally Posted by Borisoff
It depends on your work, of course, but during the Weekly Review, I select the projects I really need to focus on during the next week. Typically, I'll also block out time on my calendar to focus on those projects. When that time comes, I'll just keep working on the project and be sure I have at least one "next action" listed as a bookmark for myself for when I start again. Of course, I also have a lot of single actions that aren't tied to projects at all. Examples would be errands to run, small household chores, a friend I need to call, etc. Not everything in life is a full-blown project.
I don't know that I would be depressed by working through next action lists vs. focusing on projects I need to get done, but I do know I wouldn't likely be spending my time on the most important or most valuable activities if I did it that way. Reviewing my lists every day, though, helps keep things from falling through the cracks and allows me to pick up small actions I can get done between more project-oriented/focused work.
Hope this perspective helps.
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