I wonder if anyone can offer some encouragement. I've been using GTD for some months, but it's really starting to get me down.
I seem to spend a lot of time maintaining, and resenting, my @desk list. It's my main list because I work mostly from home. When I say resenting, I mean that I feel 'ruled' by the list, not in control of it. On the odd train trip I can knock off loads of items and feel really good. But because I'm out of the office they pile up as quickly again. So I'm constantly chasing my tail trying to reduce the list.
Then, I play a little game - to avoid adding to the @desk list, I put things as all-day appointments in my diary. This is great because I tend to burn through these things and clear them most days. I also find I look at my diary more than my lists so those things get done. But I know it's cheating. And another problem is that I scan all my lists each morning, but I seem to ignore my other lists during the day, like the @calls list, because any urgent calls I make right away. So one problem seems to be that the lists don't keep up with the workflow.
I somehow feel I should be focusing on what my clients need (I run my own writing agency), rather than worrying about reducing my list. Maybe I just have too much to do!
So, in summary, I certainly don't have a clear head. In fact I always know what the priority is. So I wonder what it would be like to throw all the lists away and trust my brain. Blimey, that would be a relief if it worked.