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Patching GTD for repeating actions

GTD seems to me to focus very much on helping with a certain kind of thing; it's the one-off project. Roughly;

- You figure out what you want to achieve
- You break it into actions
- You do the actions
- You're done.

But what about those things you never complete? 'Keep the house tidy' isn't something you do once and forget about it. Nor is 'Keep fit' or 'Keep my relationship great' or 'Maintain vehicle'.

So how do you fit the action these goals create into GTD? I don't think it's written into the system - I think it needs a patch.

Anyone got any ideas for how to do this? If you already do it, how are you doing it?

Thanks for any ideas,


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Ooooh, thanks! The ideas make...

Ooooh, thanks! The ideas make a lot of sense (and that last bit about x days after completion is the cherry on top.)

Something interesting, I think, about listing these recurring tasks is you can actually see how damned much you might be fitting in to your life. Maybe you feel (if you're doing straight GTD) that you're not really achieving very much. because you're 'ticking over'. But if ticking over takes ten hours every week, you can see where your time is being bled away.

Were you doing straight GTD, then decided to put your routine into the system? If so, did you find that you changed what you were doing because of it? So, maybe you saw that you spend ten hours a week doing the dishes and decided to get a dishwasher?




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