Categories | Best Practices of GTD | David Allen | Getting Started | Implementation | Psychology of GTD
I have read Getting Things Done many times and am attending the Boston seminar. I have a question: Why is it so hard for human beings to get organized? Why do the techniques you recommend require so much effort and encounter such resistance from human nature? I’m not interested in this academically, but if there is some biological/psychological/historical aspect of human nature that makes it so difficult to organize, it might help us learn how to overcome them and get where we should be…
Everyone is already organized to the degree they need to be, to have the world match up to their internal standards. And usually “having to get organized” refers only to things they don’t care that much about. In other words, oil painters have their brushes organized, fishermen their tackle boxes, golfers their clubs.
When your life as a whole and what you’re doing with it takes on the same kind of gut-level identification with an experience you have to have, you’ll probably overcome the resistance to creating and maintaining structure to keep it that way.