Monday, March 19, 2007

Reassessing GTD

Before this weekend of sloth, I had been assessing my work flow (or lack thereof). Every once in a while, I'd find myself thinking "I need a better way to do this." What I'm finding problematic is keeping up with the little tasks that come across my desk and fitting those into the big picture. I have several projects going on--about 5 or 6--and then there are the day to day phone calls, email, and random walk-ins. Currently, I have over 400 (pushing 450) emails in my inbox. It would probably take a couple of hours to go through all of that and I just haven't had a block of time like that in about two weeks. And what do I do when an idea strikes me in the middle of a meeting or on the way home in the car or in the shower? In other words, I don't have a good collection system yet. I start to get anxious that something's going to fall through the cracks.

Today looked like I would have time to sort through everything, but I ended up embroiled in a bit of a crisis. It wasn't really a crisis, but in a typical scenario for academic tech support, the people involved felt like it was a crisis. And, honestly, I really wanted them to feel like it wasn't a crisis. I'm just trying to find a way to feel like I'm on top of everything. The GTD system seems like the right thing for me. I just need to adjust my habits a little. I'm headed over to 43 Folders to get some inspiration.