Sorry for the long post.
A post about Hard Work and also one that came sometime ago about the scary place hit me today good.
I lost my job before 4 of July (great way to celebrate!) and sadly I need to say that I got into a little depression, that get me to forget about everything, No more collecting, processing, or anything. I get into bed at night, in the couch in the day. I start looking for a new job in a really slow pace, then I read this post... and something about this post hit me, this is not the end of the world, I am a hard worker, I am always been, then I got my shoes, get my palm and check my lists... that was scary, I had more than a week (12 Days) without touch my system, was like start again...
After 4 hours set up, yes pile of bills, papers, a dirty house, and a really patient wife who do not say nothing for 12 days, I start to make my lists again...
The thing I like the most about GTD is that appears to a be a simple solution to your problems, when in reality is a complicated system, that requires time, dedication, hard work, and constancy to work.
I have been in my knees many times, this is just another, but the big difference is that I have experience before the great state of peace that GTD can bring to your life. Right now everything is a mess, but is getting into my lists, I am happy to discover GTD, but at scary as my system is today, I think there are two keys for GTD: (One somebody remember us in their signature here in the forum) YOU ARE NOT DOING GTD IF YOU DO NOT DO WEEKLY REVIEW and second THERE IS NO EASY GTD, YOU NEED TO WORK HARD AND BE CONSTANT.
I am right now in that scary place, after you implement GTD and keep your system, try to improve, and more importantly get things done, you lose everything, the good thing is that this is like a bad hair cut, the hair growth again, and also my system can growth again, born from the ashes.
Takes a lot of time and dedication to set up our GTD systems, and only 12 days to destroy everything, that for me is an amazing thing to discover,
I am so sorry this post has a lot of personal content, but I was in the need to express my feelings to somebody. I do not think GTD is for everybody, sadly requires a lot of hard work, constancy. It is hard to set the system, requires a lot of constant work to keep the system, but the result is priceless. I can associate GTD to my Bachelor degree or my Masters… a lot of constant work, pain, but the results are priceless.
I am as I tell resetting my system; get everything into the system, setting up my inboxes again… is like get a new computer, you want to put everything in the right order, and takes an infinite amount of time, but you want to finish soon in order to start using the new toy…
I think GTD has a lot of good things, is difficult to do, as everything that is worth in your life, and now I think I can say that GTD is a system that let you create control in where you receive information, how you classify your information in order to be able to use it in the most effective manner and let you concentrate in small chunks of action in order to do great things and get an incredible amount of things done…
But, in order to do real GTD you need also certain amount of ingredients…
1.- A weekly Review
2.- Control you inboxes
3.- Work hard and be constant with the system
4.- Trust your system.
Sorry for this long message but I was in need to talk to somebody.
Have a nice day!, now is my time to get things done!