Hi. This is my first post here. I have just started implementation of GTD, and would be interested in your comments on my progress and your suggestions.
I use Outlook for almost everything, coupled with a Palm Tungsten C with Beyond Contacts; a PIM replacement that's basically Outlook for PDA.
I'm one of the most organized people I know (except my wife), but still I find myself getting behind on my work, and I'm haunted by all the overdue tasks that show up as red in Outlook. When I get a little behind, it quickly escalates and I get frustrated looking through a pile of papers for the info I want. Unlike my wife, I don't have a good memory, hence the reliance on Outlook (and Palm).
On Friday, I started reading GTD. Sunday I started Corralling. Monday (yesterday) I read much more. Until about 8pm, a was wondering whether GTD would offer me much benefit; I found the book was taking too long getting to the practical part. Getting my email "in" to empty (51 emails in 57 minutes) however, was the boost I needed.
I've read chapters 1 to 7, and I'm about to tackle my larger-than-expected "in" pile. It seems that far from dealing with each piece once (or twice), I'll be handling it several times; put it "in", take it out and label it NA or project, put it in the relevant pile, take it out again and put it in the system, and eventually do it.
The tickler system worries me. I loath paperwork, and the thought of all those NAs sitting in my drawer makes me cringe. Not to mention the fact that if something comes in that escalates the NA to an earlier date, I've got to go through the tickler to find the NA paper.
Could I implement the tickler electronically? I already have my to-do lists set up with each "item" in multiple categories (eg "Arrange John's mortgage" has categories for "new business phoning" (a NA, @phone) and "Feb 2006 business to be done" (a project)).
Another problem I hoped GTD would solve is volume. There's too much "stuff". I thought I saw or heard that GTD would help minimize the amount of stuff I would allow into my life.
I've not read the "review" part yet, but the thought of reviewing (currently) 240 NAs and projects each week is a bit daunting. Some of these NA don't need action for years (eg Sid retires 2015).
Any comments or suggestions are welcome. Thanks.