I have been using the GtD method for about four months now with great success. I read the James Fallows article in the Atlantic (aside: I know Mr. Fallows reads and posts here, I would like to thank him for introducing me to GtD as well as for the terrific writing he has presented over the years) I have been much better organized with my work and material and much more relaxed at work and school.
My problems started about three weeks ago when a critical and very visible (my boss' boss' boss' boss was emailing me personally on it) project got plopped in my lap. It required coordinating with dozens of people and working over two weekends and nights. This is combined with the start of this semester (I am pursuing my bachelor's degree after an absence of a few years) and having to search for an apartment to move to by the end of the month. I also have a 2-1/2 year-old son who I am determined not to shortchange through all of this.
The result of this having to concentrate on the new project non-stop for about three weeks is that I was unable to do some of the basic GtD steps as often as I have in the past. I squeezed a quick mind sweep here and there, nothing complete, and tried to keep my inbox manageable. The weekly review, however, fell by the wayside (although I was able to at least check some of the lists from my other projects.) I was incredibly tired by last week but although I took friday off I needed to spend much of it, as well as the rest of the weekend, on the apartment search. I'm still pretty exhausted. I found myself failing to capture all my stray thoughts or checking my action lists when in the right context.
Anyway, the point is not to look for sympathy. Rather, I'm sure the GtD practitioners on this forum experience crises every so often that make it difficult to maintain their discipline with their systems. What do you do? Do you put the mind sweeps and weekly reviews aside for that time to focus on the problem at hand, or do you hang on to your discipline and insist on fitting them in? Is it a matter of degree? Do some things need to drop while you maintain others? How do you recover? Do you block off some time to get back on track?
Any help would be useful. I'm slowly piecing stuff back together, but its difficult, any tip or trick would be gratefully accepted.