Negative feelings

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    I've found that everything I put into gtd system after some time inverts into obligation - even pleasant things. I feel like I'm trying checking off next actions and make my lists empty. I know that our commitments never end and resemble rather stream than lake. I would like to be rather in state of "flow" than "emptying the tank" but it's very hard to acomplish that. Has anyone had similar feelings and coped with them?
     
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    You can empty your lists by moving items to Someday/Maybe.
     
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    Aloha Tom,

    Consider reviewing your higher horizons. If it were me, I’d ask myself why I’m doing the projects on my lists. It seems more like an existential issue than specifically an organizational system issue. My guess is GTD or not, you’d be looking at the same kind of situation. For me, GDT helps me keep everything in perspective and allows me to thus relegate things to a someday-maybe or just chuck it and say I don’t need this.

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    I know I can do that. But that's not my point. Consider situation when you're going to rest all day. You can do this spontaneously - now I want to do this and now I want to do that. Or you can make a plan: first - swimming pool after that cinema, then reading per one hour etc. I suppose - in second case you can feel overhelmed and even forced to rest :) Do you know what I mean?
     
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    Good point. I'm not going to resign from GTD, which I consider the best system. Maybe I shall reconsider granularity of next action. I suppose that too tiny next actions can cause an effect "employee on the production line".
     
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    I plan my leisure time but I avoid to plan more than I can do.
     
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    Unless there is something specific I want to get done during leisure time (I have to remind myself, for example, to practice my flute or to think through what quilting project I want to get done next) my leisure time is when I release myself from lists. If it’s true leisure time—time when I just want to kick back and relax—I want to live the opposite way I do in my work life. Rather than having a list of all the things I want to do to relax, I just relax.
     
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    Well said, SDH. I do the "day of rest" every Sunday. I deliberately do not structure this day more than necessary and go "technology free" for most of the day.
     

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