Hello! Let me first start by telling you why I am here. For most of my life I have been extremely disorganized because I have always had (seemingly) so many things to do that I didn't think that planning and managing a system would work + I always thought that the planning time could actually be spent doing things. I have found myself, over the past some odd years constantly consumed with anxiety and with all the things I need to do in my head. Needless to say I was not very focused and while things got done and I usually remembered most of the stuff - I never seemed to get as many things done in as timely a manner as I would like. I am a Christian and have been praying for guidance and help with getting things done and not being so stressed out all the time - and best of all actually have time to spend with my family, which has seemingly been lost in the mix for far too long. Well, my friends, over the past couple of days I think I definately found my answer in the GTD method. I have not read the book yet (it is on order right now), but have read loads on the internet and understand some of the basics. Here is a list of all the things that I am doing, which will relate all that I am trying to tackle with this system:
I am married, have 3 kids - 11,10, and 2
I am currently unemployed from a FT job due to the economy (layoffs) and have been since Feb. (so I am looking for employment)
However, I also have started my own IT consulting | Web Design | Email Marketing company and actually already have a couple of clients, even though I really need to finish my own website and marketing campaigns to get more.
I am a volunteer sports coach pretty much year round with my boys (Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball).
I am a FT student at Liberty University (a senior, went back for a second degree)
I am the regional community relations manager for Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child (volunteer and just started).
I own and administer a popular motorcycle forum.
I have several motorcycle projects going on (well, not really going on - do not have the time, but a hobby is restoring and customizing motorcycles).
I am heavily involved in our church both congregational activities as well as administration duties (specifically a new website project + networking the church for the first time).
I am one of the so-called "hoarder of information" if you saw my Outlook mailbox, many would gasp in horror and possibly suffer an anxiety attack at the amount of folders in there. Now this is actually organized, but I have emails in folders from 5 years ago or so to now! It is not so much that I am scared to get rid of it, but I just really do not know the best way to get it out of there, but still be able to access it fairly easily when I need to.
I am also guilty of obsessing on a particular thing, even when it is not on my mental to-do list. For instance I can get so obsessed on a web project that I cannot focus on anything else at all - to a major fault. Many times I feel like I do not even have time to eat!
I have been very guilty of keeping Outlook open all day, checking for mail every 5 minutes and having notifications pop up - i.e. I am very distracted and waste a lot of time on my mail. (I already know how I am going to resolve that!).
I do believe a bit of a workaholic. It is very hard for me to simply sit, relax, and not do anything without my mind bombarding me with what I need to be doing, etc.
There are, of course, many other little things on my plate, but feel like the GTD system will definitely work for me. I am by nature a very analytical person and this seems to thrive on analysis.
I am on a good pace to get organized (hopefully the effects will be pretty much immediate and increase exponentially as I get used to the system). I do have Outlook (obviously since I talked about it!) and will be using OneNote in conjunction with that to help keep tabs on everything.
So that is it in a nutshell. Is there hope for me?
My only question at this point is any tips on how to completely clear out my Outlook box to start using the GTD system. I am aware of the plugin, but want to learn the system (at least read the book) before I get that. <--lol as an example, I just got distracted for about 15 minutes because I went to google the plugin again and then started watching videos! I am in dire need of a change!
Well, I look forward to sharing information and learning a whole lot from all of you!