Hmmm....I've blocked out some time to get started implementing GTD and I'm AMAZED at how I can procrastinate!
I've gone to the store and got a really big plastic tub for my initial collection. I also stocked up on some folders. (I already have a great labeler, good file cabinets, lots of note cards for random thoughts). Then I took a nap. Now I'm sitting here typing notes, reading mail, anything other than getting started.
What's stopping me?
Fear, I guess. Fear of starting and not finishing. Collecting everything into one place only works if you then process them. Fear of the huge amount of information I'll have to process when I'm done. Fear of spending more time "preparing to do" than actually "doing".
I've also got some loose ends...what do I want the system to look like when I'm done? I've chosen to avoid using a PDA and have a three-ring, gorgeous lime green notebook. But I know I type faster than I write, so my first lists will be typewritten and then put into the notebook.
How am I going to handle some of the ugly things? I have stacks of books on every flat surface. I need to purge the books, and find appropriate bookshelves.
Ahh...wait. Organized doesn't mean neat, does it. I don't have to deal with all those books right now. I just need to know that I've chosen not to deal with the books. I need to know that I have an action item on my list to "Process books".
That feels better already.
I'm going to go put on my funny little vest with all the big pockets, stack the pockets full of 3x5 cards and the new pen I bought this morning that feels heavy and good in my hands, grab my iPod (and the new headphones I also picked up this morning when I was putting off getting started), and get to it.
I'll also write down questions about my GTD implementation as they come up and post more later.
Wish me luck.