GTD and many other productivity systems advocate lists, and writing down all your thoughts, next actions, and todos. However this can bring some people from one extreme of being forgetful and disorganized to the other of having every single action planned out and written down.
Here are my beliefs on the “writing everything down” aspect of GTD. I believe that GTD is a great way to remove the stress of overbearing ideas, thoughts, and tasks when you are overloaded. If you have a demanding job, or you are sick and fall behind, that stuff can really get in the way of your life. The problem is, some people write down and plan so much, that it goes to the other extreme, and interferes in their life by being too planned.
For me, my todo list is something that I try to keep as small as possible, trying to eliminate or complete items on it all the time. Because less todo items and stress means more time to spend living! As Lifehacker puts it, “Don’t live to geek, geek to live”.
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