I don't know how I did it, but I managed to completely overwhelm myself with my GTD set-up. I was on track and feeling good about my progress and then it all went south.
I started out by getting the audio version of Getting Things Done. I've been listening to it while I drive (my radio is broken), do dishes and fold laundry. Progress is slower than if I read it, but there's more of a chance I'll finish doing it this way. I just finished chapter one which was an excellent reminder of why a traditional system doesn't work for me and why GTD might.
Then I did a brain dump. In the past, brain dumps ALWAYS overwhelmed me. I think I was trying to create an absolutely perfect and completely inclusive list and I never felt like I accomplished that. So it was difficult to move to the next step. This time I wrote down everything I could think of and then started sorting it.
And that's where the next problem came up. I have ADHD and deciding which list to move tasks to is extremely stressful. And, of course, I make it much harder than it needs to be. This time I didn't worry as much and just moved things to appropriate lists. I decided that if I did it wrong, I could always fix it later. I discovered a few mistakes along the way - like writing a few things down as tasks that were actually a projects. I'll fix those mistakes later.
Next I had to figure out how to handle my daily stuff like appointments, daily tasks and time sensitive tasks. I put in my Franklin Covey compact two pages per month which I trimmed to fit my personal size planner. Then I added a week on two pages from DIYFish. I put blank paper in the in-box section to serve as my daily page - the place to record appointments, must-do tasks and any notes or details that came up during the day.
And then it all fell apart. I switched from my personal Filofax Guildford to my personal Daytimer Malibu. Then I decided maybe I should use my Franklin Covey compact instead - it had bigger rings and could hold my financial stuff, too. So I rewrote the lists and put them in my Franklin Covey along with my financial pages - but I didn't set it up completely because it was a spur of the moment decision late in the day. I also decided I would use the FC two pages per day as my in box instead of the DIYFish week on two pages. Then I started thinking that maybe I should just go ahead and use the Filofax A5 teal original that I just got since I need to keep track of so much information. And maybe I would use the DIYFish vertical week on two pages instead of the horizontal. And then . . . my brain exploded.
Not really but it kind of felt like it. How do I do this??? WHY do I do this??? I was going along fine and then started second guessing my decisions - or something.
So I made an executive decision to go back to what I started with and make that work - at least for now. Here's what my planner looks like today (except I am moving back into the black personal Guildford - I just haven't had a chance):
|Franklin Covey Compact (cut down to personal size) month on two pages.|
|DIYFish week on two pages for appointments and day sensitive tasks.|
|I set up the following tabs: In Box/Notes, Action Lists, Agendas, Projects, Project Plans, Reference (includes A-Z tabs).|
I do have some notes in the Projects Section and Project Plans section but I forgot to take photos of those so I'll share them another day.
Hopefully I can settle down now and start to actually work the system instead of trying to sabotage the system!