I can do the initial aspects of processing very well, although I find that it takes a lot of time to do the thinking up front. And, I can do a weekly review very well, although it takes a long time and never feels really complete. But, after I have all the information set out on my lists, I just don't have an automatic sequence for working from my context lists and the Palm Date book. I feel lost without having that weekly calander to glance at and make notes on. Prior to learning about GTD, I used a paper planner that showed me a week at a time and I would fill in the hard landscape and the write into the times I thought I would work on a project either the project's name (e.g., write program evaluation) or some key action that was needed to move the project along, usually in conjunction with a context I was expecting to be in (e.g, while downtown, pick up statistics from health dept.) . I would only analyze a project action by action if I feared getting stuck or if the time deadline was really rigid. I would pencil in time frames for components of projects, often working backward from the due date. I would begin each day by looking at the week and throughout the day make adjustments. So, why did I switch to GTD and Palm? First, I found had more and more projects that lacked externally imposed due dates. Second, I was putting things on the calendar that were not really absolutes and then I would grow immune to responding to them. Third, my projects had gotten more complex and it became more important to my efficacy to define them by desired outcome. Finally, as I have aged, I have gotten to the point where I cannot physically carry a great big old planner around (and besides, it makes me look like an aging control freak). So what is the problem? I look at the day's appointments on the Palm and I don't know what to do nex, I don't have all the little cues that make me feel that something is urgent or possible or necessary. I am used to a system that was rich in redundant cues and which I could keep a lot of information in my view allat the same time. So to make the transistion I need an algorithym or at least a recipe for how to do the workfrom lists, afte I have done so much of the thinking up front. I would consider any suggestions or models that I could "try on for size".
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Processing okay, but how do you work from the lists?