I go from system to system in my implementation of GTD. I mean in a week too. Sometimes I last a month w a planner, but something "goes wrong" and something seems it could be better and I get inspired and go to another Planner, notebook, Moleskin, 69 cent notebook, something I find online, research, dig up. I am going nuts with this and if you could see my office right now, there are stacks of these things that cost me a lot around me. Inserts, rulers, calendars, lizard looking binders, leather Binders, my TREO sits here looking at me, I am typing on my Mac outfitted with all sorts of stuff.
Anyway whatever I am using, soon enough, such as after a trip like Katherine just took--I realize the Planner is too big, or heavy, or isn't with me and suddenly I want to be stripped down, facile, fast (that's the answer) and I go to the Palm--and soon enough, man, I can't think on that thing and I can't see it in the sunlight and it's too hard to type everything in and I have lost my download cord to my Mac and then I settle into a nice Desk sized planner and ahhhhhhhhhh, space to write, to think, oh! this is sooo sensible and comfy, until--I see someone whizzing on their Blackberry and I'm off (I don't have one of those yet).
Take KATHERINE and her new system---it sounds fine BUT, say the Vertical Calendar ((I have that in my desk Filofax) and then she uses Levenger--I have that too--well where does she keep the Vertical Calender pages if not IN A PLANNER? She never mentions where she keeps the things--hey Katherine, where?
I feel very fragmented and the only thing that settles me down is reading David again and coming back home. Anyway whatever I am doing is about the biggest waste of time, money, energy, resources, anxiety--- Is there always going to be a problem with ANY SYSTEM? Has anyone else faced this problem and what did they do?? And does it really come down to just what works for you? I do like the way David has left it open, that the deal is with the system, not the paper or Palm, but even you guys seem to always be looking for a better way... but me, I am really out of control.
Trish in Chicago