As a newcomer to GTD, I went through a period of being overwhelmed by the long lists of next action items. I resorted to what I perceive to be the THE performance paradigm -- the marathon. Just keep on going -- breathe deeply -- endure, continue, press on. The marathon paradigm made me feel worse.
Now, I am a couple of days into one of the books recommended here -- The Power of Full Engagement. The basic premise is transforming -- it puts forth a simple paradigm that contradicts the marathon paradigm I've bought into. It's basic premise is that life is a series of sprints with recovery time in between. This simple premise alone has already turned my week on its head.
I love the thought of throwing everything I have into an effort, going until I am tired, then stopping to recover. It is so much more energizing than simply continuing to keep your feet plodding in the direction of your goal despite gradually becoming less and less alert and involved.
My rave for the morning,