I discovered GTD only recently (via 43folders). Last week the harddisk of my ibook crashed and is being repaired right now and I took the chance (I'm self employed and very much dependend on it, so I got an unsuspected timeframe I otherwise wouldn't have had) to read the book and start off with the practice of just writing down all and everything on my mind without any filter over the weekend (= one gigantic inbox) )
- this practice alone seems to be gigantically useful to my psycho-hygienic household
Currently I'm processing the items (- the 2 minute principle is worth a million again) and try to build some sort of setup that works for me, - and here is my question: how do you deal with
(1) stuff that needs to be addressed somehow/sometime, which is not urgent but needs to be done, and you know yourself well enough that you will do everything to avoid actually doing it (because you always find other things more urgently to do) (visiting your dentist,...).
(2) things that one currently does, even if one knows him/herself that they are time consuming/regressive/unhealthy... (getting distracted by searching the web for sth. and ending up with a metadata tagged collection of sth. else that might or might not be valueable information sometimes 3 hours later, stop drinking 15 cups of coffee every day,...) - the no do's so to say.
What I came up with is a list labeled @pita (pain in the a**) and forcing/convincing myself to act on 1 of these each week, and to build some sort of rewarding system for myself for not doing the (2)'s. But since this seems to be some sort of tricking oneself, I'd be really interested in hearing how others are dealing with issues like this.