Folke;110844 said:When using long paper lists I believe most of us probably use "elimination" without perhaps even thinking about it - "no, that would take too long", "no, wrong place"; "no, not important", "no, too tired" etc.
Sure; but one of the big advantages for me when I switched to GTD was doing less of that. Looking at an action and thinking "no" for one reason or another attaches negative thoughts and feelings to the action and can become a habit, so that one automatically thinks "no" (and perhaps finds a way to rationalize that) even when there eventually is a real opportunity to do it. With GTD, there's a high proportion of doable actions on the lists you look at. For me, this made a huge difference. It feels freeing.