I couldn't have done it without GTD. No possible way in hell. 4 months ago I was sitting in a chicago cramped, freezing, noisy apartment with just an "idea" to move to California. I had a vision (purpose and outcome 50,000 and 40,000 ft, respectively) and did weeks of brainstorming, editing, organizing, and planning (40k to 10k) of the "vertical" natural planning model.
Without GTD I would have been so daunted with the overwhelming number of "STUFF" and "THingS" necessary to complete a full move from chicago to california, it would not have happened. This book helped bring me from zero activity, zero career, zero health in the midwest (which is still a great place) to total freedom, flying career, Nature home, and peace in CA!
Here's some of the things I new I had to do and thanks to the @Action lists, Project planning, Mindmap brainstorming, Natural Planning Model (what I call the Blueprint 6-Part Paradigm for Success), and all that, this would not have been posible.
Here's some of the sub-projects and tasks included in the huge "Stake in the ground" of moving from midwest to CA.
- Drive 2000 Miles West
- Find place to stay in CA before finding a new apartment
- Decide upon a quality, healthy, peaceful new apartment and city in CA.
- Completely close up shop in chicago incuding end all bills, sublease apartment and parking spot, clean apartment, and move out all belongings to storage or transportation out to CA.
- Start necessary utilities and bills in new apartment.
- Full move-in to new apartment with transported belongings.
- By all necessary household cleaning, grocery, and maintenance needs.
- Buy furniture for new apartment
Just ONE of those tasks would have fried my brain, but I accomplished it all with GTD! It was truly the ULTIMATE test of my knowledge of the awesome system. I made it my own. Weekly reviews kept me "bound" to all those millions of little leaks or cracks in the huge project of the move. I practiced some delegation (I had family friends actually move out many belongings after I had already left thanks to a highly detailed Action list of storage, discard, or ship certain items). Processing steps of the project constantly kept me updated on teh volume of things I had to do. Best of all, it was all in the GTD system so for part of the time, i actually met some new people and made great friends even during teh move process! @Phone calls came to the rescue with scouting out new apartments and finally zeroing in on one and tehn all the doznes of calls, faxes, and paperworkd deadlines made it all possible. I had a March 25th deadline to be out of the temporar garage place in which I was staying and into the new apartment and that DAY I got the keys to the new apartment. I also started hollywood acting classes that were just a little more than the EXACT same price i earned for subletting the chicago apartment for one month. The classes have helped launch tremendous friendships and career. All that worked seamlessly, it was stream-lined, and seemed like chaos in teh process a times, but I always had scope, and it was always measurable how far I was with the GTD system!!!
Sweet! It's tried, true, and tested for me with a huge project like relocating to the west coast. That was more than a test drive, a full-tilt utilization of the system. Now I'm going to give it a go with "acting career"!!