I am an architect in my own one-person firm. While maybe 40% of what I do fits neatly in the GTD model, I am struggling with the area that consumes about 60% of my time -- producing construction documents.
When it gets time to do these for a project, I have maybe 100 or more NAs, all equally important. I need to draw the interior elevations, draw the exterior elevations, create a plumbing fixture schedule, do a lighting plan, write specifications for the drywall, etc., etc. Most of these could be done concurrently, many of these have no serious dependencies after the basic design is done, all are essentially equally important so it is very hard to prioritize.
Where to start? Is it even worth doing a NA list, because as soon as I do something, I'm going to have to decide what to do next. How do I manage a list like this? Just thinking about all the possible NAs makes me tired.
But it's WAY worse than than that, because I probably have 5-6 projects going at any one time in various states of completion, and all screaming for attention.
I look at all of the "blueprints" that I crank out and even in my inefficient, procrastinating state, it's still pretty impressive. But I know I could be doing a lot better and be under much less stress.
Any suggestions? (BTW, I really am determined to stay a one-man shop. I prefer to multiply myself through technology whenever possible.) Thanks for any thoughts you might have.