Brent said:About defining whether someone is "doing GTD:" personally, I don't care if I'm "doing GTD." I don't care if other people are "doing GTD." I care if I'm Getting Things Done. What does it matter?
Yeah, we're not talking about whether or not you're an accepted member of a religion here based on your beliefs and practices....
Another thought as I have mulled over this thread...I keep a running grocery list and write things on it as I use them up during the week. But still, before I go to the grocery store, I do a complete check of my pantry to see what I have in stock and what I don't. This was the case even when I lived by myself. So reviewing projects and next actions against each other isn't a complete waste of time. I would never go to the grocery store and buy just what I had written on my list through the course of the week. Not only is a grocery list a matter of filling in what's missing, it's planning what is to come and being prepared for it as well - I may have not made spaghetti last week but this week I am going to so I need spaghetti and pasta sauce even though it isn't something I ran out of during the course of the week.
As a self-directed/self-employed person, I find it imperative that I set weekly goals and then evaluate at the end of the week if I completed those goals and if my projects and next actions support my goals or not. Making sure I've followed through with a client by matching next actions with project lists may seem like a redundant waste of time, but it can be very effective at making sure I've covered all my bases, even if I have a list of standard procedures I'm following. Even if I had the most automated computer program in the world that always made me have a next action for each project, I still would not trust it to make sure my project and next action lists were complete - I would still check one against the other to make sure I was working full-circle and making the most of each and every opportunity that came my way.
I'm glad we've had this thread going because it has truly brought forward to me why I value the weekly review.