OK, I've been very whiny in my posts so far and I'm going to do my best to stop that. No one likes to read whiny posts.
So, here are my thoughts ---
It seems to me that you SHOULD NOT implement GTD unless you truly have a home for every single piece of information that comes your way.
For example, I have the following places where info 'could' be":
- most of my "in" comes through email.
- I used to have folders for ALL differnt kinds of FYI stuff but, since using Google Desktop, I now move all "reference email material" into ONE FYI folder. I'm pretty happy with this set-up.
- I probabaly +100 folders in a .pst file (which must be huge by now) which contain all my projects for work. My hierarchy is by Highway (I work for highways), Intersecting Road, and then Specific Project folder. I am pretty diligent at moving all inbox and sent items to this folder - UNLESS there is an action associated with the email then I keep it in my inbox until I deal with it. Obvously not GTD and I'm trying to quit. But I dont' trust my ststem yet.
Electronic Files (work)
- I have 2 drives which could hold my files. My personal drive for working documents that I can access off-line and a Shared Drive which can only be accessed on-line. Some project and reference info can be found on both drives. Yikes
- The hierarchy of my personal drive folders is similar to my email. But not exact because sometimes I have a project that only requires me to keep a folder in my email.
Hardcopy Files (work)
- This contains emails I print, reports and engineering drawings to review or keep, notes from meetings.
So basically, I have a massive resistence to "filing" because I don't trust that I'll ever be able find the information I need again.
No one in my company seems to know the policies for filing information and there really are no standards to follow.
Any thoughts or specific information you can direct me to? Has DA addressed this "electrical information overload" problem?