Speaks wisely Jodie does.Too often we mistake friction or resistance for a fundamental weakness in our tools or our methodology. Over the years, I have seen how some of the more visible people in the internet productivity space have moved around in their practices. It reminds me of an old Soviet-era joke from Russia: Religion is like looking for a black cat in a dark room. Socialism is like looking for a black cat in a dark room, but the cat isn’t there. Communism is like looking for a black cat that isn’t there in a dark room, and periodically yelling “I’ve found it, I’ve found it.”Well THAT hits rather close to the bone, @OF user LOL
Particularly at this time of the year, with social media feeds chock full of "self-improvement porn", it is SO much more fun to explore new methods & shiny tools than it is to do a weekly review. :blush: But I would be careful not to group 'tinkering' into the same category as the perpetual search for a new tool or methodology. A forum like this provides tremendous value, and I've benefited many times from more experienced GTD practitioners sharing tips and tricks that have helped me fix a part of my system that was causing friction/resistance. My goal over the holidays will be to remove that 80% 'should' tasks that drag down my GTD system, so I can focus on the remaining, most important work.
@rmjb definitely keep doing the weekly reviews, don't be afraid to either cull from your lists or move stuff to Someday/Maybe, and just for fun, maybe try limiting them to 1 hour. Doing an abbreviated review is far, far better than no review because you couldn't spare a few hours. And set aside some time to check out the existing threads and webinars on horizons of focus, etc. - or post a new thread if you have specific There's lots of good stuff
Maybe. In my opinion dishonesty is a very attractive shortcut that is very hard to avoid. It is an addiction that is harder to quit than anything. IMHO dishonesty and fear are the root causes of all other addictions.Absolutely.
Just review what you did in the past and look at what was not totally honest. Then strive to change it or move the needle a little bit.
I think that honesty with yourself is fundamental to success with GTD. Capturing all those open loops for the first time is surely confessional. “I’ll get around to it soon” is often wishful thinking at best and sometimes an outright lie. Self-deception is common. GTD begins with saying “This is where I am. This is what’s on my mind” and accepting it.Maybe. In my opinion dishonesty is a very attractive shortcut that is very hard to avoid. It is an addiction that is harder to quit than anything. IMHO dishonesty and fear are the root causes of all other addictions.
What do you think about it @John Forrister @mcogilvie @Longstreet ?
There is a 3rd value that dwarfs the others IMO. The value of not switching contexts and wasting time changing your mind-set. That's why even though IalI CAN do many things in many places I don't. I want to do them where I am most effective and I batch jobs in each context to maximize my ability to get similar tasks done easily.The two values of the context lists.
There are two factors that go into how you answer the questions: what you are doing, and how you feel about what you are doing. For example, I don’t have a lot of 3-5 year goals, and I am completely comfortable with that. I tend to steer my life using my Areas of Focus, which are very stable. I’m not sure how I would have scored 2 years in with GTD- probably pretty badly. If you’re not happy with your life as revealed by the assessment questions, ask the “Why?” question. Why do I feel the way I do? What would better look like?As mentioned, I'm reading through Making It All Work and I'm at the part where the matrix of control and perspective is being discussed. I decided to take a pause and redo the GTD-Q Assessment to see where I am.
I scored 1 and 1 .
It is kind of depressing to be at this for two years and to be down at rock bottom. I thought at least I'd have some sense of control.
Oogie: As a fellow farmer (in my case it's honeybees) some of my Projects and Next Actions work around the solstices and equinoxes.implemented many improvements by adding the layer of 12 week year planning to my existing quarterly review that fits with the farming calendar.
Well FWIW I've taken the test over 40 times and I am nearly always in the Visionary-Crazy Maker square with my most frequent score 1 on control and 3 on perspective. Over 80% of the time that is my score. Control has never been a strong suit of mine, part of why I like GTD, it helps me manage my life.I scored 1 and 1 .
It is kind of depressing to be at this for two years and to be down at rock bottom.
I got and read the book and I use it as a guideline. I also decided to look at the Personal Retreat Video course that Mike Schmitz developed as it's a more guided set of questions. I combined that with the Covey stuff I was already doing and the idea of the purpose part of GTD and defining areas of focus. I've found that for me focusing in on a smaller subset of stuff is the hardest part. The biggest takeaway from the 12WY is looking at completion within that timeframe. I have so many things that take seasons and years and it can be hard to see progress in those. I am having lots of problems developing meaningful tracking systems for my 12WY goals, especially the leading indicators for success. Most of my things are very hard to track except in hindsight. Where the 12WY falls down IMO is not accounting for the maintenance tasks we all have to do. Things that take time and energy but, at least IMO, don't lead you towards any goal. So I combine a lot fo stuff I've read and gleaned into a system that works for me but is constantly evolving.I'm intrigued by your use of the 12 week year. What source did you use to guide that? Was it Brian Moran's book or some other guide?