-Insert long story here and go on to- My life is somewhere between completely empty and overwhelming full. Empty because I currently have no job and very few responsibilities of any kind, overwhelmingly full because I want to start a business and there are many projects in my life I want to begin.
Iíve thrashed through the business concept and couldnít understand while intellectually I knew all sorts of things about how to do what I want to do trying to actually do it has left me frustrated and feeling very disappointed in myself because it just doesnít happen. After reading through Getting Things done I realized I simply do not have the organizational skills associated with as David Allen puts it ďknowledge work.Ē Iíve held grunt work jobs which were no brainers and Iíve held jobs where massive amounts of info were coming at me constantly and literally hundreds of deadlines had to be met each day. But Iíve never had to accomplish any tasks, other than for personal enjoyment, which did not have artificially imposed deadlines or which took weeks let alone months and that didnít involve someone staring at me desperately waiting for me to finish or where things wouldnít go to hell in a handbasket if it wasnít finished immediately. This starting of a business is a strange massive undertaking involving half a dozen projects
Reading this book was easy, actually comprehending at least a little bit has taken me days for the tiniest bit of light to wiggle through to my brain. I began the collection process figuring it would take days more so with emptying the majority of things out of my head than with the few bits of Stuff on paper. I now need to process these hundreds and hundreds of things and where Iím starting from is-
No general reference files
No Ďlifeí files of tidy bills, financials, warranty cards, all those things adults are Suppose to have organized.
Nothing. Basically. Iím at ground zero.
My head is horribly muddled because of this. Whatís funny though is that Iím somewhere between exhausted and depressed at the sheer quantity and what it means about my past and near future in trying to get it under control and supreme relaxation at finally having everything in my life that will require effort out of my head and in one place where I can point and say Itís in there, I know it is because I didnít leave a pebble unkicked let alone a stone unturned.
Trying to put my questions in some sensible orderÖ.
Do I just shove those things aside and implement a GTD plan for creating a GTD plan? As I type it I know that sounds ridiculous but should I whip out my new handy dandy manila folders and create some projects for doing this like Thoroughly Organized Personal Records, Home & Future Thriving Business and then subprojects for those? Because right now I have no where and no idea about what to do with any of the stuff after I process it, I mean even a paid bill has no home right now. Or Do I process everything with the laid out Ė what is it, is it actionable, no? trash, someday/maybe/reference yes? Do it, delegate it, defer it. And simply put everything into bins labeled that, ďsomeday/maybeĒ ďreferenceĒ ďdelegatedĒ ďDeferredĒ and then put the whole bins back into the ďinboxĒ and reprocess it to some extent in a new filing/organizational system? It sounds labour intensive but right now I donít even know what I need, and I donít think Iíll know what I need til I go through everything that first time.
Another problem I have is right now I honestly donít have any reference material that I know of, acquiring the reference material is a project in itself.Do I just write whatever piece of reference material it is that Iím missing on a sheet of paper and treat it as a placeholder for that piece of reference material? Or do I write it on a sheet of paper and put it in with actionable materials til it materializes and I can THEN put it into the reference section?
Or am I just thinking too much and should I just DO something? Iím afraid at this point though that I flat out donít have the knowledge and understanding of how to do this by jumping in blindly as thatís what Iíve tried to do for the last few months and have gained absolutely nothing by it except some unpleasant knowledge about myself.
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