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If I do 100% GTD that would be my two lists. I am a pathetic computer geek who played on computers for fun and then got a job in the computer industry. The only difference between what I do from 9 to 5 and 5 to 9 is whether my I am at home with my pets or at work with my coworkers. I don't travel. I don't spend time in waiting rooms or conference rooms between meetings with list of phone calls to make. I'm not a manger, so I don't even attend many meetings. I have very few distinct catagories to divide stuff up into. And one giant long list just turns into your run-of-the-mill ToDo list. I am at a loss how to apply GTD to my life when it is practically one big blob covering two standard deviations of what I do from the alarm waking me up to the alarm telling me it is time to go into hibernate mode.

Has anybody else felt like GTD seems to be for "executives" only?

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TJ, definately feel where you're...

TJ, definately feel where you're coming from.
I'm a work-at-home slog, myself, and am trying desperately to find a way to implement GTD in my life.

I'm darned near computer-dependant, to the point of always having a desktop, or laptop within reach. Of course, a lot of that is the fact that I do online sales (website and eBay), so it pays to stay in contact. My problem is figuring out a good computer-based way to implement GTD on Windows.

Amazingly, I think I came up with a way to do just that, using any e-mail client that supports folders (and, in my case, IMAP). I'm pretty sure it'll work out.

I think the biggest problem is information overload. On a whole, us compugeeks deal with so much information, that categorizing it via GTD just seems to overwhelming. I know it does to me. I can easily create a couple of contexts, but danged if they don't fill to the brim and overflow, before I've had my morning coffee. It's the paring that down further that makes my mind boggle.

If you come up with a plan, please, for the love of all that is holy and beeps, let me know. heh.





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