It seems to me that GTD is a form of work simplification-- someother time management/productivity methods make work more complicated- a real problem, esp. when our work involves the application of knowledge and each product is a unique application. As I have been tryng to empty "in", I keep coming upon existing files with titles that would only be meaningful if I handled them every day and could remember what was in them. No wonder there is a back log--It was too complex a job to remember how to refile a folder and too complex to add to them quickly, so the stack of "to do" just got bigger and bigger. Now for the question-- as I continueing with tryng to empty "in" how might I assess (measure)my progress?I have reduced what was nearly a waist-high stack to one that is just above the ankle. But there are many, many stacks to go and an outside viewer would not see the progress! It sure is hard to explain what I have done all day. It seems to take about a minute per item at this point--to glance at it, decide what file it goes into or make a new file and add to my next action or projects list. Also, any thoughts on how to handle real objects (unfilable) that appear in "in" such as video tape of a presentation, a library book, co-worker's glasses, button to a suit, a friend's earring I found in the lobby and put on my desk, a combination lock that belongs in another room now, a tape recorder that needs returning to radio shack, some printer cartridges that are the wrong size and need to go to office depot, some samples I need to show a co-worker, a set of cds and work book that are too big for a file folder but pertain to a SDM project and a similar set for a definite project. I am thinking that "return items to rightful homes" might merit a project heading--but a few are in my action list not yet in buckets.Any and all ideas will be considered.