Its 10 year ago. Almost 10 years ago I stumbled upon this great book. I not only enjoyed, but literally consumed it. Put its essence as my new working philosophy. I became aware of projects, next actions, calendar, inbox. I got organized. I finally got all my several responsibilities under control — and at that time, as a PhD student, I had students to supervise, courses to give, papers to write, continue my research, support a project, work in mentoring consultancy, and having many more, friends, habits and interests.
Since this busy time my life got more focused, more concentrated. I reduced my responsibilities, and got a job in Industry with a much better and focused set of tasks. One project to delve into. I stick to my hobbies — going out, having fun with friends, enjoying sport and reading — and stayed there. A big comfort zone enveloped me, one which I truly like and found peace with. Yet there was still this this promise to change, to try out new things instead of ever improving of what I was doing.
So it happened. Again. One might say “GTD to the rescue”. Short story: A friend had this book at his place, I wanted to read it again, grabbed it. Before a holiday. Read it. And had lots of time to think. As you know, a holiday can truly free you from you normal habits and surroundings. What captured me most was the thought to use the basic GTD methodology for changing ones personality. I thought about why I was doing what I was doing. About alternatives that provide the same purpose or value. About my “rhythm”, the habits during a week, and how easily I could fall back to bad habits.
Phew! I wanted to have it all. To bring it all under one umbrella. To literally select my traits and habits. To change to what I could do instead of what I was doing.
After the holiday I slowly put GTD back into my life. Read about my experiences in upcoming articles.