I was afraid this would happen!!
Here's my confession - after feeling great with understanding the concepts of this fantastic approach and setting everything up so it was how i felt 'ready to go' - I got a very very busy spell and it all fell apart.
Everything seemed to crash - but the most significant area of chaos was my inbox. I couldn't get to it. But I HAD to get to it because buried in there was important stuff that needed to be found during the week. I was working very very late each night on my important next actions but had to forego processing my in's to empty - at best all I did was try to spend a few minutes when I had to SEARCHING for stuff - ahhhh it brought back all the terrible memories of being out of control !!
I then started to lose things and run late for appointments - all this after doing so well!! I'm about to go away for the weekend and have still not done all my 'critical by the end of the week things' - I've done some... but nowhere enough because I've been fretting about the new 'chaos'.
I think when I needed to 'tidy' my desk say for instance when a client was due any minute I would use the in box as a dumping ground - I know that is not the right thing to do but I didn't want to make any 'piles' outside of the inbox. I was also doing the shuffling to put out fire kind of thing at critical moments.
What is this barrier I have with processing the yukky things and getting to empty? I broke the rules of not putting aside the ones I didn't like....,
Running an it consultancy from home, two children with lots of extra curricular activities, trying to do 36 hours in 24, oh well you get the picture.
Any words of wisdom to get me back on the straight and narrow would be appreciated!!!
Have a nice weekend....