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  • A silly question from one GTD rookie

    Sorry, not able to find out in any place ...
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  • #2
    Number of inputs a day

    I believe it's supposed to be a rough estimate of the number of inputs a day for most folks. It's not at all accurate for me but I think that is what it is.

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    • #3
      350 inputs /16 available hours in a day = 21.87 input/hour

      You mean 21 inputs each of the 16 available hours in a day ? ... what kind of work is this ? one single call-center maniac ?

      To process those 350 daily inputs :

      ( 350 inputs x 25 sec to process each ) / ( 60 x 60 ) = 2.4 hours

      More than two hours a day processing in-box ?

      ... seems hard to believe.

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      • #4
        Thoughts

        It is estimated we have around 50,000 thoughts per day. Inputs would be when you see something and think 'I really should fix that'......
        I'm sure I had way more than 400 per day before doing GTD, now not so much.

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        • #5
          So that, based on this estimate, and given that in-box has to be emptied daily ... really this system implies from 2 to 3 hours by day procesing things ?

          Is this feasible ?
          That means 300 - 400 annotations by day ?
          What part of the book do I have to review ? all of it ?

          PS
          without mentioning the less-than-2-min things...
          Last edited by Juls550; 11-21-2009, 08:26 AM.

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          • #6
            another silly question

            Originally posted by Juls550 View Post
            Is this feasible ?
            That means 300 - 400 annotations by day ?
            What part of the book do I have to review ? all of it ?

            without mentioning the less-than-2-min things...
            Are you looking for the numbers or the process?

            I ask to orientate in a different way the answers, if possible!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by clango View Post
              Are you looking for the numbers or the process?

              I ask to orientate in a different way the answers, if possible!
              In my initial approach to GTD, I learned how important is to visualize the outcome. Now I am asking myself If really I am willing to initiate a process which can carry me to end up spending from 2 to 3 hours by day processing things.

              It is my way to try to understand the philosophy which is under this system. I don´t want to criticize anything, just to learn by conversation with experienced users.

              Sorry if my scarce english language should caused some misunderstanding.

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              • #8
                Processing inputs.

                Originally posted by Juls550 View Post
                350 inputs /16 available hours in a day = 21.87 input/hour

                You mean 21 inputs each of the 16 available hours in a day ?
                Why 16 hours only? Sleep less to process less than 20 inputs per hour.

                Originally posted by Juls550 View Post
                To process those 350 daily inputs :

                ( 350 inputs x 25 sec to process each ) / ( 60 x 60 ) = 2.4 hours

                More than two hours a day processing in-box ?
                There is a very useful "DEL" key on my keyboard. I use it to process many inputs in less than 2 seconds.

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                • #9
                  Good luck

                  Originally posted by Juls550 View Post
                  the outcome.
                  Great learning!

                  Originally posted by Juls550 View Post
                  Now I am asking myself If really I am willing to initiate a process which can carry me to end up spending from 2 to 3 hours by day processing things.
                  I think this kind of approach could be full of risk. I think every people who use this system, and wrote here, had benefits by GTD. So base your evaluation on your situation. Try it and you'll see.

                  I'll add only if you think that has a certain value for you to have more focus on what you really like to do...every day...week...year...your life...

                  I wish you all the best and here, I think you can find friends that can help you but I think you have to convince yourself alone

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                  • #10
                    Opportunities

                    I see processing as a way to deal with all the new opportunities that come up each day.

                    Whether that is dealing with email (in my case 100+ each day), conversations with people (at home and at work), or more ad-hoc situations (for example: the battery in my remote died...), they all need to be reviewed to make sure that they get the appropriote attention.

                    Hope this helps.

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                    • #11
                      Thank you for all your insights. After them I made a search in the forum looking for messages with "processing" and "time", in Titles only.

                      There I found 6 interesting threads that I want to study, any more experiences of this type will be wellcome !!
                      Last edited by Juls550; 11-21-2009, 11:15 PM. Reason: Delete non working link

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                      • #12
                        Initially I laughed because there are some funny posts in here, but I really think that there may be that many inputs. I get so many emails, calls, standard mail, reading stuff I process, websites I visit, people I talk to, a refrigerator shelf that suddenly looks dirty etc. There are also new inputs when I complete next actions. It doesn't mean I take those all into my system. Honestly I don't spend that much time processing my inbox daily, but I do spend quite a bit of time defining work in the form of project planning.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Juls550 View Post
                          In my initial approach to GTD, I learned how important is to visualize the outcome. Now I am asking myself If really I am willing to initiate a process which can carry me to end up spending from 2 to 3 hours by day processing things.
                          Except all that stuff is already there whether you use GTD or not, whether you process it or not.

                          Say you get 100+ emails a day and *don't* process them. Then what? At the end of the week you have 700 emails. Maybe the time spent to process them would have been a good investment, huh?

                          Most inbox processing is stuff that you do at some level already. GTD just makes it systematic, and ultimately less time-consuming than it was before.

                          Katherine

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                          • #14
                            The new "less-than-2-sec." rule, of TesTeq

                            Perhaps GTD is good precisely because it reflects pretty well the sad reality that has brought to us the information era : millions of people, all over the world, spending lot of time trying to find the center of his lifes in the middle of the huge and growing noise that i-communications are causing.

                            I hope that next generation will learn to cope this new environment in a more natural way, meanwhile I will try that GTD help me to discriminate all the inputs to-be-erased that comes to me disguised of important things.

                            Close to the "less-than-2-min." rule I will keep this new "less-than-2-sec." rule explained above by TesTeq.
                            Last edited by Juls550; 11-22-2009, 02:07 AM. Reason: wording

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                            • #15
                              a complementary point of view

                              Originally posted by Juls550 View Post
                              Perhaps GTD is good precisely because it reflects pretty well the sad reality that has brought to us the information era : millions of people, all over the world, spending lot of time trying to find the center of his lifes in the middle of the huge and growing noise that i-communications are causing.

                              I hope that next generation will learn to cope this new environment in a more natural way, meanwhile I will try that GTD help me to discriminate all the inputs to-be-erased that comes to me disguised of important things.
                              It seem to me that there is something to clarify further.
                              I think GTD is a system to help us, where we are, and to give us more opportunity to think more in deep to what is really important for us more than only help to handle what the i-communication push toward us.

                              So the system can help us to select what's really important for us, right now, keeping a space to think to the future, to act to develop the world where we live in the direction we think as the best one

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