GTD thinking vs GTD process
Originally Posted by bcmyers2112
Thanks for the interesting thread.
I believe each great author shows us some shortcuts for our thinking, that get us to see things in a different way. Shortcuts which, once you know them, you can no longer ignore (even if you don't practice any rule about them).
GTD got us for instance to re-think commitments, stress, and their management. Got us to re-think the "atomic structure" of activity based upon projects, desired outcomes and purpose. Got us to re-think action-oriented, decisions vs actions. And much more... New stuff! Great stuff!
In this way, DA is a hell of an author, and made a clear breakthrough in the arena.
But GTD has a particularly weak point: the implementation is a bit shalow, underestimating effort vs results. De-railing with GTD is just so common with so many people... I feel GTD's process is a bit too much towards the "evangelism-side": you have to go to church every sunday, or it won't work. I know everybody keeps saying GTD sticks, but I think that what sticks is the GTD thinking, not the process, not the mechanism. It's just too un-natural.
Conceptually strong, no elegance in the implementation. Clearly needs a GTD 2.0 version, more "user friendly", more "mac" .
Finally, to answer, my personal productivity system is a mix with some GTD thinking bases, with some "hackings" and "must-have add-ons" that make the whole system more complete, like:
- more graphical representation of items with rich visual emotional day to day guidance (no "linear GTD lists")
- mental ergonomics practices (focus, productive mental states, etc)
- a lot of decision-making concepts and motivational concepts (including good exploration of procrastination and unblocking tricks, frequently much more important than the organizing of your lists)
- highest horizons perspectives are much more towards "feelings" rather than "goals" or "areas" and include value alignment guidance / mission investigation and updating (which I know is kind of included in GTD and MIAW but in a quite superficial way in my understanding)
Hope to have added some value do the intended discussion. (felt detailing hacks would make too long an answer, glad to share if anyone interested)
Goncalo Gil Mata