GTD Sustaining (Part 4)

The On Going Battle

As I sit here and write this 33 tasks have become available for me to work on. Oh joy. Will I get 33 things done today? I don’t know. Probably not. More than half will probably get pushed off.

But that in itself is very useful. As I start to see projects being perpetually delayed, maybe I should reconsider them. Things that aren’t worth doing may never be worth doing. David Sparks talks about the value and freedom that comes from DROPPING projects. If you’re never going to get to it, then give it up. Let it go. Free your mind. I haven’t gotten there yet, I’m still coming to grips with all the stuff I diluted myself into thinking I could get done.

I feel like a project junkie. Yeah, I’ll take another hit. Just one more. I am a hoarder of the unfinished. How did we get there? That’s probably another story for another day. But the bottom line is that awareness is curative. Why would I take on one more thing if I’ve got so many things I’m not doing?

But the beauty of GTD is that it’s actually shocking how many things you can get done in parallel if you just tackle things by context. And that gives me hope, and makes me feel better about myself and what I am capable of.

So there you have it, an update about my personal GTD odyssey. I know many people have used the system and I thought I would provide more of a tutorial like David did, but I find the system really effective. I’m just worried whether or not I will stick with it. It’s a lot to manage. And spending so much time planning can be daunting. But I encourage anyone with a bone pile of moribund projects to give it a try. You may surprise yourself with how productive you really can be.

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