I can struggle some times with knowing where to start, and put things off when they seem too complex or I get stuck on the details. It seems to be that I go through periods of pretty good productivity, and then start to feel a little overwhelmed and then it snowballs, and BAM I'm just stuck!
'It's possible for a person to have an overwhelming number of things to do and still function productively with a clear head and a positive sense of relaxed control' is how the first chapter starts of the book Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-free Productivity. As soon as I saw 'relaxed control', I was hooked as it reminds me of aikido! In the past, I always figured I had to work harder and this seemed to come with its own stress and anxiety, which wasn't much fun. The book is split into three sections and I found it was well laid out and an easy read. Section one introduces the concepts, two is all about the doing (e.g. getting started, collection etc.) and the last section explains certain principles in more depth.
I admit I haven't implemented every thing in the book, but what I have done definitely helps me feel more in control and more focused. Things such as:
- If it's going to take less than 2 minutes, do it now
- Get it all out of your head - I regularly get a piece of paper and write down every thing that's on my mind and process it
- Begin with the end in mind - what would success look, sound and feel like?
- What's the successful outcome, and what would be the very next step to move it forward?
My main tool for GTD is my filofax (a recently acquired vintage pink A5 Malden) & I use the paper planner setup in my filofax found here.