GTD is a system that helps you achieve stress-free productivity. GTD is a means to an end; not the end itself.
We all should remember that.
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I don’t practice GTD 100%. It just doesn’t work for me, or, should I say, for the type of work I do. Some element of the system doesn’t apply to me. For instance, I don’t need the tickler file.
But I am a believer in the system.
Some obsess on the mystery of GTD Philosophy. Some are crazy over it. Some just don’t believe in it. Some just dismiss it as nuisance.
Some of those who tried to integrate the system in their work habit and failed concluded that GTD is a big failure – does not work.
I can tell you exactly why GTD fails for these people.
They focus so much on the system itself and not on producing. These people have all the GTD tools in their arsenal – tools that are only useful for collecting or listing (inbox) tasks.
And, take note, all “apps” that are available online – free or commercial – that claim to be “GTD Tools” are not, I repeat, are NOT, GTD Tools. I have said this in the past.
GTD is an abstract. You can jot down all your task on your To-Do List, or manage your projects in a cute dashboard, but that’s not GTD.
GTD is a frame of mind.
Your focus should be on emptying that mind full of clutter.