I’ve begun the long journey toward implementing GTD into my life, and it’s changing my entire perspective on responsibility.
The story of how I got here is a long one, but it involves high drama, emergency rooms, quitting workers, and (what turned out to be) faux heart attack symptoms.
I’m on the other side of all of that, and repenting from trying to store every single task and project in my poor little brain.
By way of implementation, I feel like the process I’m following is fairly haphazard. I’m working my way through Getting Things Done by David Allen, while implementing what I know now as much as I can. I don’t have the luxury of mastering GTD and then building out a nice and neat implementation. I need a way to handle all the tasks coming at me now.
I purchased Omnifocus for Mac, found out that Omnifocus was iOS/Mac only (major bummer), bought an iPhone for the express purpose of managing tasks on the go, purchased Omnifocus for iOS, and set my new iPhone up on Ting.
I’m not really a fan of the iPhone (at least, not of the 5s), as the tiny screen aggravates my RSI/Carpal Tunnel, but I’m more than willing to make the sacrifice if it means clearing my brain of the opressive fog of open loops and uncompleted, unaddressed tasks.
I feel freer now than I have in years, and the more tasks I get into Omnifocus, the more I feel in control of the things I have to do.
It’s not that I don’t still have a mountain of tasks, but I finally feel like I’m moving that mountain, instead of trying to dig into the middle of it and getting avalanched every single day with “unexpected” tasks.
God is good.