You know what they say. When you fall off the horse, the important thing is to get back on. The excessively timely Merlin Mann of 43Folders has just recently started a new series on Getting Back into GTD when you’ve fallen off the wagon and back into the chaotic world of flying by the seat of your pants.
But, for whatever reasons of frustration, neglect, or (my favorite) â€œbeing too busy,â€ itâ€™s not at all unusual to find youâ€™ve slipped on your reviews, quit capturing, and basically let your little system fall into seemingly hopeless disrepair. And, Iâ€™ll bet youâ€™re paying for it now, right?
Oh, yes, Merlin. I’m payin’ in spades. So I’ll be following this new series closely, breaking out my trusty Moleskine, makin’ my lists and checkin’ them twice. Because the thing about getting back into GTD, as opposed to getting into it the first time, is that you actually know how much better your life works when you’re doing it. How clear and agile your brain feels. How it frees up your creativity and just generally deletes that nagging sense of impending doom. It’s not an experiment in figuring out if you can really “get organized”–you know that it’s not even about being organized; it’s about saving your sanity and elevating to a whole ‘nother level in quality-o-life.
Come to think of it, I probably need to do a refresher course on a lot of the things I’ve learned in the last five years: the relationship tools, the lifehacks, the personality tweaks, all of it. So I’ll probably be documenting some of that “refreshing” here, for the interested.
Giddyup, Scout. Time to get back on the trail.