On the heels of another post, I thought I would ask the forum this question: Could you describe an "aha" or breakthrough experience in "getting" GTD.
I realize we will all have a number of these as we move toward doing GTD in more subtle, sophisticated ways, but what have been your big leaps forward in understanding?
I have two. The first one was the realization that a next action was a "bookmark" and that if I was on a roll I could just keep running - that is, if a phone call led me naturally to the next thing in the project, I could just keep going on that project, I didn't have to necessarily switch back to the next "Call" on my list and disturb my spontaneity and creativity. What I did need to do was record the "next" action in its proper place, when I moved on to different work.
The second was the phrase "It's the habits, not the tools" which made me realize that if I was focusing on tweaking my physical system too much I was probably avoiding doing the GTD process well or properly. This understanding also removed a lot of my need to tweak by making it okay, as long as I wasn't losing sight of the need to build the processing habits as a solid foundation for staying on top of my work and life.
Last edited by BigStory; 05-26-2008 at 06:59 PM.