I bought GTD the day before yesterday and am a little discouraged because I failed TWICE at the first exercize on Page 13. My assignment was to write down the project most on my mind at the moment, write a one sentence description of the desired outcome, and identify the first action step I needed to take to move towards that outcome.
Well the thing most on my mind is a mammoth client project that is consuming my time and thought life, and for a variety of reasons has me stumped ... After much thinking I was unable to figure out a desired outcome or what the next appropriate action step was. I stopped reading the book until I could complete the task. After 24 hours had passed I decided to try the exercize on my next biggest problem.
I did better with that but had to settle for four action items ... which I then stopped reading to go do. Hmmmn. That one may not have been a failure -- I feel better now that the things are done and a little more i-control of my once organized life that has become (since Jan 15th of this year) a crescendo of chaos!
Anyway, I'm hoping these "failures" don't mean I wont be successsful at this sytem.