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Anyone else suffer from list-bloat?

Does anyone else suffer from lists that are just too large and fuzzy to be of any use? I use Outlook for my lists, but I'm sure this could apply regardless of system.

I put too much down on my list, without properly framing it, without giving it the right verb, without checking I've not already got it there in the first place, with the result that every now and then I need to scrap the entire list and start again.

Is it just me? Are everyone else's lists right first time? Does anyone else struggle specifically with list of projects? Does anyone really bother with the 'anything two action steps or over' idea? Or is it just me that thinks this demands too much maintenance?

I ramble on at greater length here, and don't get me started about e-mail!

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When I first started doing...

When I first started doing GTD I tended to add too much. I think I'm getting better. I normally check the wording at the weekly review to see if it is correct. Check for duplicates (just done my work weekly review, since I keep my work and non work lists separate, and I found a duplicate, which I just deleted).

I think scrapping the list and starting again is a terribly scary thing to do and far to time consuming. I currently have 147 items on my todo list. The thought of scrapping it and having to remember them again is a bit scary in my opinion.

Of course it depends on your implementation of GTD. I use a PDA and pocket informant, so it is easy to move stuff, delete stuff, re-name stuff, link stuff to other things etc, so it makes my task list simple to manage.





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