I have been working on mastering the GTD workflow system for some time, like since the first book came out! I was an organizational and logistical mess, living in a landscape of piles. I am a fine art painter, a mother of a toddler, and run the admin, pr, and personnel training for our ecommerce business.
After GTD- I have two tall functioning general reference A-Z file cabinets. Everything is a swivel distance away at my desk: my labeler, files and collection buckets that work. My weekly review, that was once monthly for 6-8 hours, is now weekly, for 4-6 hours! I listen to Baroque, I am committed to a black belt. I mediatate on the GTD /Fast CD's everyday. Yet, my projects need more time. Everything needs more time, the "in"flow, and demands keep coming.
Although I operate daily from "zero base" with email, two voice mail systems, and just recently my in box. I use my tickler daily. My project list is looking like "Someday Maybe" as I haven't streamlined my weekly review, and responsibilities to allow for creative time to flush through those projects.
Basically I want my time back. I run our household, and our ecommerce business in an extremely streamlined, effective mode. However all of my projects cry out to me daily. I have broken them down to NA, and I wittle away at them, but I miss the long stretches of zone time to soar and accomplish. My weekly review is not under 4 hours, and it has become my main weekly project. All of the runway stuff gets handled, but I miss the higher elevation projects. Any suggestions? What color belt do I have, yellow?
Another question: how do you glean the 20% gold from endless meeting and seminar notes?
Thanks for the input.