I'm a beginner with GTD but am loving it. I'm a Myers-Briggs INFP and anyone who knows about "P"'s will recognize that I tend to procrastinate, and I have lots of grandiose visions and feel despair at ever implementing them all. GTD has done wonders for me and I am trying each week to further refine my adaptation of it.
I hoping that someone can provide insight in a certain area. That area is the "Next Actions" lists. As DA recommends, I have them grouped by context - "At Office," "Emails to Write," "Phone Calls," etc. Some of these lists are still quite long, however, and I've noticed that GTD doesn't say much about those Next Actions that, for whatever reason, you're dreading (even if they're important) - a conversation you fear could go badly, an onerous task you dislike immensely, etc.
Is it bad if a Next Action item stays in the list for a long time while the easier ones around it seem to get done? Is it worth tracking the "shelf life" of these action items to make sure I don't procrastinate for too long on any one of them? Has anyone else dealt with this?
I was ecstatic to find this forum today. I've spent years trying to "roll my own" perfect system, and GTD has shown me some of the psychological pitfalls I've been running into. It's good to find a forum of like-minded people who care about improving their systems.
Thanks so much in advance,