Getting into GTD
I've recently gotten a big promotion and have become a father. While fantastic (! !), these massive life changes have me in a situation where I can't seem to get the least bit of traction on any of my commitments. Complete 1 item, and in the meantime, 8 more have accumulated (4 of which I'm barely aware of).
Searching for a solution, I've read DA's books, and agree wholeheartedly with his philosophies. The idea of greater freedom accompanying/being facilitated by greater control and greater productivity really resonates.
However, every time I try to actually implement DA's strategies, I end up with the opposite effect. Overwhelmed by minutiae, I'm drained by the act of flowing all my open loops into the system (something that takes hours because I'm paranoid about missing out on something I should be doing on the Someday/Maybe list).
Soon, I'm several hours further behind in my work than I was prior to trying. The system limps along for a few days, and takes what feels like too much time to keep updated. (As I work, I come up with new ideas and inevitably think of things I should've written down during my initial mind dump / weekly review.) Eventually, I find myself with dozens of sub-lists floating outside the system. I make more progress by being totally reactive and ignoring the system entirely -- the process that lead me to try DA's methods in the first place.
What am I missing here? DA's system probably isn't for everyone, but I've investigated several alternatives and this is the only one that feels like it should work. How long does it typically take you to see results from using the system? Or until you at least feel comfortable with it?
And what else am I missing? Anyone have other good tips for a discouraged newbie?
Many thanks in advance,