@mcogilvie,What do you mean when you say “numbness”? Do you mean you don’t want to look at your lists, or that you look at them and can’t find something you want to do? Are next actions not important enough, or not clear enough? Have conditions changed? A weekly review can help with all of these things, but some reflection on specific things can help too. Sometimes it’s helpful to remind yourself of things you are looking forward to. Sometimes it’s helpful to do something very small.
How long have you had this feeling? Everybody has bad days and bad weeks. Maybe you feel too busy, and don’t have much discretionary time. Maybe you hear bad news, and you need time to reflect on it. Both were true for me this past week, and I am looking forward to regrouping this weekend. I have been trying to do my weekly review on Friday, but this week I had a long zoom meeting instead. So part of regrouping will be my weekly review, which I’m eager and ready to start right now.
@DKPhoto,I find looking at your lists in a different way helps.
I use digital lists so can sort by start date, due, creation, context, project, area of focus or A-Z.
Seeing the same thing differently makes it seem new.
@René Lie,Another thing to consider is that if you go numb to your lists because they are too long, remember to utilize the Someday/Maybe list(s). You will review those in your next weekly review anyway, so you don't have to worry about things falling through the cracks!
@cfoley,Sometimes I go numb to my lists because they are full of obligations that no longer excite me. Renegotiating those obligations (usually with myself) makes room for the things I really want to do.
I like long lists, I also like lots of lists and rarely get list fatigue but I know I am an outlier in that.tried breaking down into 'smaller' more 'manageable' List(s) which does help with the 'Numbness', however, any additional List(s) to 'manage' seems to contribute to 'hassle
For the last ten years I have been using 2do app (Mac, iOS and Android only), which allows all these methods of sorting.@DKPhoto,
Agree wholeheartedly with "I find looking at your lists in a different way helps." and "Seeing the same thing differently makes it seem new."
Your GTD insight clearly addresses the heart of the GTD concern for ways and reason and to keep List(s) friction minimized through a new sense of engagement
Your seven fresh resorting technique for List(s) "by start date, due, creation, context, project, area of focus or A-Z." seems to offer much for optimizing GTD List(s) engagement
Therefore what digital formats have you used thus far and which digital platform(s) have you discovered to reliably endure the test of time?
Fingers crossed for Docs or would Sheets' sorting capabilities make it a minimal platform worthy for digital consideration?
Thank you very much
I have always struggled with the GTD practice of working from the next-action lists. I need my day's work to be more structured and intentional. So I keep the majority of my project next-actions off these lists. What I do instead is as follows -List(s) goal Outcome, within reason, is for the List(s) review to be the first 'go-to' before doing anything in order 'to know what I am not doing" prior to doing anything if that makes GTD sense . . . this would seem to mean that any friction to do so needs to be 'crushed'
@Oogiem,I like long lists, I also like lots of lists and rarely get list fatigue but I know I am an outlier in that.
My one suggestion: Ruthlessly go through and put into Someday/Maybe all the things you realistically can't consider this week. Review each context more carefully and adjust as needed. Do some not matter now? Can some be combined? Are some lists frustrating because the context is too broad and you need finer control over what it is? Try some options out, adjust at the next weekly review. Eventually you'll get a set that works for now. But plan on revisiting it periodically.