My husband and I are about to start using GTD, but we had a day today that seemed like it would have disrupted the GTD Methodology.
His day in particular: while coming to the end of several deadlines (he is a contract web developer and system administrator), so it was crunch-time to begin with, several incidents beyond his control cropped up and demanded immediate attention. A few of them were:
- One of our main web servers went down, and after examination the diagnosis is that it is dying. This almost resulted in a full day's trip (4 hours one way) to the datacenter but luckily he was able to put a bandaid on the problem remotely;
- Clients calling in the middle of the server problem demanding immediate attention regarding unrelated issues;
- Emails about a grandmother being admitted to the hospital...
How does one find the time wrangle a high impact, extremely high stress day like this into the GTD system, when there is barely time to breathe?
I know that we are both probably overcommitted, and we are already reasessing commitments, but when you are self-employed and not independently wealthy, a little overcommitment comes with the territory, does it not? At least he was able to delegate this fact-finding/ data-gathering task to me, so that is progress.
Any insight anyone has on handling this kind of day via GTD would be helpful.