I seem to get distracted a LOT at work. I've tried task lists on outlook express, legal pads, etc. and still don't get things done, both daily tasks, new tasks that pop up, and long term projects and tasks.
To top it off, the stress of the industry that I'm in, which is having difficult times, is causing financial anxiety and problems.
My typical day is to write down tasks to do. Then I'm constantly distracted by other tasks. Phone calls causing more tasks. Put out fires from unforseen problems. Waiting for people to call me back for answers to my questions. Get distracted by looking at sports scores on the internet. At the end of the day I get bummed when I look at my list and little has gotten done, despite lots of activity.
I'm trying to decide if I need a therapist to help me focus, a new occupation, a new method of work (GTD?), heavy drinking, or just admit I'm a lazy idiot best suited to pick up used soda cans for a living.
So far I've bought the book, and have read about 30 pages, but haven't found the time to read the entire thing yet.
Is this GTD the type of system which might help, or am I fruitlessly searching for a non-existent miracle cure? Is this worth a try or a waste of time? I wish I could be like the "rock in the water", but I feel more like an armadillo getting squashed by the tractor trailer.
Have any of you had similar problems and anxieties, and used this system to fix things and restore sanity?