rossw;66843 said:Mike, Mike, Mike he said ever so many times, graciously waving his tail, (oops, missed one... Mike),
ROTFLMAO ;-) I have a few cats so that picture is great. (BTW, that silly "name" is because you have to make up crap to get onto this website and I just did not feel like jumping through hoops of trying various combinations of things. Just made sense to put down four of them ;-) In fact, I have had to get up to six in some places which should tell some of these daft web designers SOMETHING!
rossw;66843 said:You AFers keep telling us to try AF out before commenting. That's all very well, but for how long? We know all too well that it takes a couple of years to really master a new system, though you can get a good feel for it in a few months if you're diligent.
But what would happen to our GTD setup if we left it for months? Doesn't bear thinking about.
Well, a couple of thoughts. I found that AF is unlike other things I've run across in that how it works can't be easily surmised from reading the instructions. It turns out that in following the rules strange things start to happen to your brain. (Insert Twilight Zone music here)
Reading the items over and over, moving the uncompleted ones to the end and then seeing them in a different context, and various other things one does cause perceptions, motivation, oh, all kinds of things to change. Honestly, it is not one of those childish things like "How do you know if drugs are bad if you don't get high?" It is that we have all been more than a little surprised at the result of actually DOING AF. Reading it over, it seemed a bit overblown for a TO DO list, but once through the list, it was obvious that things were happening that we had not expected.
Moreover, your exact implementation will change the effect. Mark advises a list with about 30 or so lines, IIRC. He has experimented and found that was optimum ... for him at least. I have also experimented. I work out of my pocket so my book has only 15 lines. I found that I was getting a somewhat different feeling than those with 30 lines. (Thinking about it, I can see that with more lines you see items more times before you have to dismiss them. You are also likely to have a better mix of things on a page.) It really is a case of it either works for you or it does not and you can only find that out by trying for a short while.
How long? Just long enough to see how it affects you ... or not. Maybe a few days or so? And you don't have to abandon any other system. Just run AF in parallel. And you don't have to dump your life into it. Just put a half dozen of the first things that pop into your mind into an old grungy book and then add things as you go. You can keep running GTD as usual. Just run AF in parallel and then a few times a day flip back to your major GTD system to see that the world won't end. I mean, you'll see "Call Joe" on your AF list and if you look at your "@Call" context list you'll find it there also. Nothing bad will happen.
And when you dismiss items, you are really just moving them to your "someday/maybe" list, no? I mean, Mark highlights them but I move them to the same place I kept them before AF ... in the days of GTD. And you will still use your calendar. And some of us still use a tickler list. I personally have a few special lists, some of which COULD be called "context lists" if you really need to call them that.
AND, finally, if GTD is working for you, why change? I don't get a commission from Mark if I get you to switch. Hell, Mark does not even charge for it ... the ideas and his help are all free! You don't need a reason to NOT try something new ... you need a reason to try it. Absent a reason, stick with what you have if it serves you well. If you would just do me the very small favor of knowing what it is that you have decided NOT to try so if anyone asks they will get the straight scoop, I'd be thrilled ;-)
The two year comment does concern me. I had not actually heard that until I quit using GTD. I have never before, in my life, heard of such a thing. The very DAY I started using my first TO DO list I knew it improved my life. It takes only about 21 - 30 days or so for something to become a habit. It takes a bit longer for systems to get the bugs worked out. But TWO YEARS? I don't get that. If I had read that before I tried GTD I never would have even started with it. I have to believe that quote is somewhat out of context. DA could not have intended people to think it takes two years.