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  • Stuck on the runway (plane won't take off!)

    I've been using GTD for about a year and half now with incredible results for my everyday work. I go to work happy and eager to jump into my projects and come home happy with an empty inbox and everything organized into my trusted system. The only thing is, I've noticed that I've been doing all the immediate ground level stuff wonderfully (the stuff tasked by my supervisors and my own organization) but I don't seem to have any time leftover for my own personal and professional goals (the stuff to advance my own career and learning that I choose for myself). I even put tasks for those items in my system but without definite deadlines and consequences like I have for all my other tasks, they seem to just sit on my tasklist because I never have time to act on them. Any suggestions?

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    Been there!

    I've soooo been there. And it was really frustrating - there was just such a large disconnect between what I was getting done and where I wanted to go.

    Rather than reprint it, I'll just point to you a blog post I wrote on exactly this: http://enyonam.com/2013/05/18/from-d...ctions-part-1/

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      Originally posted by JimSmith View Post
      I don't seem to have any time leftover for my own personal and professional goals (the stuff to advance my own career and learning that I choose for myself). I even put tasks for those items in my system but without definite deadlines and consequences like I have for all my other tasks, they seem to just sit on my tasklist because I never have time to act on them. Any suggestions?
      I notice you don't mention personal projects and next actions that are not work-related, but rather related to areas of focus such as health, home, friends, et cetera. How are you doing with these? If you are only struggling with the professional development area of focus, you may need to review your projects and next actions in that area with an eye to both clarity and time and energy required. There are many professional development next actions that take less than ten minutes, and not too much energy. However, if more than one personal area of focus is being neglected, then you have a different issue.

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