Categories | Community Contributions | David Allen | Getting Things Done | Implementation | Inspiration
Dear David and Co.,
About three years ago, on a long plane ride, I was able to fully deploy GTD into a paper-based system. I had read the book. And the book suggested writing down all active Projects, Tasks, and Waiting Fors.
After writing down all my projects, I looked at the list. It was easy to see I had too many irons in the fire. Looking at the Projects list, I knew what I had to to next. More importantly, I knew what I had NOT to do.
Within several hours of getting off the plane I was able to gracefully unplug for three major initiatives which a) were soaking up a lot of time, b) did not mesh well with a heavy travel schedule.
This was a revelation. It was the first time I felt that I could control my work world. Up to that point, my work, and my interests had been controlling me.
With a functioning GTD system, I now end up launching far fewer new projects. Paradoxically, this enable me to get much more done.
Thanks for your hard work in bringing such a useful system to the world.