I really want to do GTD (David Allen's Getting Things Done) but I can't seem to do it. I've read the book. I've watched videos and read articles. I've read his information on how to set GTD up in a paper planner. But I still can't do it.
I have ADHD and filing is something that's very difficult for me. (In case you're wondering what filing has to do with GTD, stick with me and it will eventually make sense.) When I'm trying to file something, I can think of four or five different places it could be filed. For example, medical stuff could be filed under:
- Blue Cross
- or the individual doctor
My husband's truck could be filed under:
The problem is that each time I handle a piece of paper relating to a specific topic, my mind comes up with a different category. There is no consistency in my thought process.
And that leads us to my current problems with GTD. I've done several brain dumps since I started this process and never felt good about the list I ended up with. There's always a nagging feeling that I've missed a bunch of stuff. But I've put those feelings aside and proceeded to the next step - dividing the tasks into categories. And that's the next place where I get hung up. Choosing categories and putting tasks in categories is like filing. No matter how hard I try, I can't do it. I've tried doing it on paper, with index cards and on an excel spreadsheet. I can't do it. I get overwhelmed and frustrated and walk away.
|On this page I was attempting to figure out what lists of next actions I should have.|
You can see that I was dividing them by category rather than context.
|I tried using Wunderlist for this brain dump. By the way, I have always been registered |
to vote (see task item above) but I need to register again since we moved.
|Here I tried making a list in excel.|
I'm a homemaker so I spend most of my time at home. My responsibilities include a lot of the same things done over and over and over (tidy the house, sweep the floor, laundry, etc.). There's not a lot of variety. My lists primarily contain those repetitive housekeeping tasks, some paperwork and some projects. And even though my schedule is completely unpredictable, my tasks are not!
So I can't figure this out. I can't get past the brain dump (which I've done multiple times because I'm never satisfied with it) and I can't create categories. I'm stuck.
At this point, I can't decide if I should persevere or move on to something else. Maybe GTD isn't for me and my routine life. What do you think?