Tomorrow I’m going to make the first big push to start using the GTD system. I’ll be doing the “mind sweep”, gathering all the various detritus of my life into the inbox (which will really be the “in corner of the room” because there will be so much of it) and doing the initial processing of it. I’ve been thinking about this for a few days, and now I’m really looking forward to the whole thing.
As a preparation for that, I actually got my email inbox down to zero tonight. At this point, my “Next Action” mailbox has 20 mails in it that need time to respond or are something I need to take action on. I have a “Someday” mailbox with another 200 mails in it which I’ll be sorting through as part of my periodic re-evaluations. So, it’s not like I have actually handled everything that was in the inbox but I’m part of the way there. From now on, my email inbox follows the same rules as my GTD inbox – it gets processed and the things that take 2 minutes or less get immediate replies, the things that need action get moved to the appropriate box and those that need no action get filed or deleted. The days of the 300+ mails in the inbox should be over, as should the days of having things of various levels of importance and commitment scattered throughout my house and my life.