GTD for Anxieteers
December 9, 2010 10:44 AM Subscribe
Try as I might, I cannot seem to get Getting Things Done done. At best I can get a few weeks out of any system before crashing. How do I fix this? Let it snow in the details.
posted by rouftop to health & fitness (31 answers total) 78 users marked this as a favorite
Here's my pattern.
- After a few months of things piling up, I finally decide "This is it! I'm going to start getting things done! And I'll use GTD as the basis since other systems have failed me in the past!"
- I pick some tool or tools to help. Todoist, Remember the Milk, a PDA (remember those?), paper and pencil...
- I'll start using the system. Hey look, things are getting done!
- At some point, I'll add something to the system that I just don't want to do due to some mental block. A few examples:
- A tough phone call that I don't want to make
- A task that is more of a should (e.g. "Make an exercise plan") -- I should do this, but actually doing it implies following through, which I'm not prepared to do
- A task that has a dependency on somebody else
- The task sits there, taunting me. I cannot remove it because it is a next action.
- Soon the list fills with these kinds of tasks. They drown out the simpler ones.
- I try reorganizing, moving tasks into projects so I can separate out the anxiety.
- Then I have a ton of projects, which makes the list even more insurmountable
- Anxiety about incomplete tasks turns me off from looking at the list at all.
- Task list ignored in favor of Metafilter
- After a few months, try again, perhaps using another technological solution
So. Seriously. I have things I need to do. They aren't always simple. What's the secret? Are other systems more amenable to task anxiety than GTD? I recognize that there's no tech that really is going to help, but perhaps there's a better approach?