I just finished my sixth weekly review, per David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” system. I feel expansive. I mean, I was pretty organized before this. Or at least conveyed an image of being organized. But having applied the GTD system for the past month and a half, I can feel myself starting to settle into a new mode.
In one of his recent newsletters, David Allen says:
Anything your nervous system experiences as unique or unusual will likely be “rejected” unconsciously in short order, because it is not in the comfort zone.
And of course, as a PTSDer, I can attest to this. You can reset for a brief period of time, but sustained change is difficult simply because of the inertia of the system.
It’s easy to clear the mind, make intelligent decisions about our stuff, organize and review the results, and feel much better about work and life. Especially with the GTD model that I teach. What’s much more difficult is to get yourself to experience that so regularly, so consistently, that it becomes how you are, emotionally, as a standard experience rather than an exception.
But when you do experience that clarity on a regular basis, man oh man oh man. It feels So. Good.
The wild thing is how liberating all this structure can be. When done properly. It lets me do things like wander around the yard with my camera taking random photographs. Lie on the ground under the pine trees. Get up at dawn and make pancakes. Weave strips of paper into abstract designs. All with a sense of rightness. The day’s work has been done, and now it’s time to… drift.
I guess I’m someone who’s going to drift, one way or another. It’s just that I used to drift during the day and then panic and spend my evenings trying to make up for lost time. I like this new pattern much better. I think I’ll keep it.