David Allen on Toning Mental Muscles

John Forrister

GTD Connect
Staff member
Processing your inbox certainly does exercise your mind, so I wonder if one reason people neglect to do it is that they're tired from the day. Processing and Weekly Reviews are more rewarding if we aren't already tired when we start them.
You are onto something. I think part of the resistance to processing is decision fatigue. This may be even more challenging for associative thinkers, who open one email and imagine a universe of potential implications.

On the other hand, you and I know an associative guy named David who processes his inboxes to zero very consistently.