Hello everyone. My name is Stacy and I have just started using David Allen's ideas to try and reclaim my life.
I'm a twenty-six year old sales executive for a software company. I also have a couple of sideline business's which take up a lot of my time in the evening and weekends and I try to maintain a busy social life too.
I have used all different sorts of time management tools to try and keep my life organized and on track so far. I used Covey and then Anthony Robbins Time of Your Life RPM system. I found each of them helped me get to the next level, but I also found that with that I felt like I was sinking more and more too.
I read Stephanie Winston's book Organized for Success and saw the reference to David Allen there. And also I managed to see an article on David in the Atlantic magazine.
So over the weekend I purchased both Getting Things Done and Ready for Anything. I have read through most of the first book already.
I am really excited to get started. But it looks like I should be blocking out a day or two to actualy clear my inbox and my mind. I currently have four email accounts and the combined inbox total of each of these is around 1000 messages of which I estimate 250 are unread. Some going back as far as a month or even two (in my personal account). Some nights I can't even sleep because I am so worked up and feel so guilty. In my main work office I have a desk full of piles and drawers crammed with STUFF and this is the same at home too. I just ended up paying a late charge on my credit card because I 'lost' the bill only to find it the day after it was due.
What's worst about this is that it isn't really me. I am fairly organized in the way I think, but all of my systems seem to let me down.
I'd really appreciate any words of wisdom and encouragement in starting out. What is the best place to start. How long did it take you to get a sense of control.