In David Allen's latest enewsletter he discusses the fact that using the GTD model can effectively produce your own imaginary 'executive assistant' - yourself.
He states, " GTD is about creating a process that ensures, with the least amount of effort possible, that we appropriately capture, clarify, organize, and assess the conglomeration of "stuff" that we accumulate as we receive input, think, and just experience the constantly changing landscape of life and work. The output of that systematic approach is the ability to easily focus on what we need to focus on, in the moment, with the appropriate attention and energy. That is the job of the ultimate Personal Assistant, Chief of Staff, and Executive Secretary - to be the executive's partner in freeing attention for high-level thinking and doing. "
I completely agree, and it brings up a question as I've been floundering around with the system for the last few months: I don't actually trust myself to capture all the info and make decisions about it. I own my own consulting business, which I'm very good at, but am a really crappy executive assistant for myself. One day I'll be very conscientious and write everything down and put it into "IN", the next I'll decide I'm too busy or "I'll remember it later".
I'm not actually at the point in my business where I could hire an assistant - otherwise I would definitely fire myself and hire someone who was capable of doing things on a consistent basis. As a result of my inconsistencies I don't trust my system at all, then continue to not write things down because I'm missing so much stuff it doesn't seem to matter.
What are your suggestions for someone like me who is gung ho about GTD one day and lackadaisical the next?