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Top 5 Reasons to Hate GTD



This is my contribution to ProBlogger’s top 5 group writing project. You should contribute as well, and maybe you’ll win $1,001!

The interweb is filled with so much info about GTD. People tout how much you can accomplish with it. But here are five reasons people might hate it.

1. Too many books to read

A book? Do people still read those? David Allen has already written two (Getting Things Done and Ready for Anything). Word has it that he’s thinking up another one. Books take up precious time!

2. More blogs than there’s time for

I don’t know about you, but I spend lots of time surfing and reading blogs. Reading GTD blogs alone can suck up hours every day. Check out this partial list!

The Cranking Widgets Blog
What’s the Next Action?
43 Folders
Open Loops
Getting Things Done
GTD Wannabe
The Daily Saint
(trying to) Get Things Done

3. Baffling number of applications

When you get started with GTD, deciding on software to use is mind boggling. There are so many choices and it’s so hard to decide what you need. Then you’re tempted to switch applications midstream. And then you might want to switch again. It’s so frustrating! This is only a partial list:

Vitalist
GTDGmail
Midnight Inbox
Thinking Rock
Kinkless GTD
tracks

4. Indexes out the butt

Even if you can decide on a system and nail it down, there are too many places to look for more information. You’ll turn up thousands of search results for almost anything GTD-related. And there are indexes created for lots of different things. Which one do I turn to?

The Ultimate GTD Index
GTD Software – Listible
GTD Feedburner Network
GTD Weblogs

5. Too many moleskine choices

It’s the notebook of choice for many GTD’ers. But they’re darn expensive. And there are so many to choose from! Once you decide on a style, such as pocket, you’ll still have decisions to make from there. I’m just too indecisive for that.

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m being sarcastic here. I love GTD!

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61 Responses to “Top 5 Reasons to Hate GTD”

  1. Alberta
    May 8th, 2007

    Andrew, my #! reason for hating GTD is that little tidbit of a gem that lives in the back of my head. If it’ll only take 2 minutes to do…I just HAVE to do it…I can’t walk away! As you can tell, I have a love/hate relationship with that concept! But it does work!

    Later…time is up, back to work!

  2. Eats Wombats
    May 8th, 2007

    Great post! My preferred application is MLO (http://www.MyLifeOrganized.net). But life is too short to try them all. Any system is better than none and the time spent finding the best is best spent on other things.

  3. Andrew Flusche
    May 8th, 2007

    Hi Alberta,

    I agree completely! It’s hard to ignore those 2-minute tasks sometimes. Love/hate is definitely a great way to describe it.

    Have fun at work! – Andrew

  4. Andrew Flusche
    May 8th, 2007

    I’m glad you like the post. Your blog definitely intrigues me, especially the bit about wombats and badgers. You sound like an interesting person.

    Thanks for commenting,
    Andrew

  5. Brett McKay
    May 8th, 2007

    This is a great post. What I don’t like about GTD is it’s flexibility. While it is a strength, I think (for me at least) it is GTD’s biggest weakness. Instead of just sticking with one way to GTD, I’m always tweaking my system. It’s hard to GTD when you don’t have a set system.

  6. johnwin
    May 8th, 2007

    Andrew

    this post is too funny

    I to love gtd but share some of you and your readers frustrations :^)

  7. Tim@Todspace
    May 8th, 2007

    Andrew, thanks for the post, without you I wouldn`t have known that there`s that kind of Top5 project around!

  8. Andrew Flusche
    May 8th, 2007

    Brett,

    You’ve hit the nail on the head regarding flexibility. It’s a blessing and a curse. Maybe we need more self-discipline to pick a system and stick with it. I know I do!

    Are you officially through with your first year of law school?

    Andrew

  9. Andrew Flusche
    May 8th, 2007

    John,

    I’m glad the post resonated with you. That means that I’m doing my job. :)

    Thanks for commenting, and I hope you continue reading and adding your thoughts to our discussions!

    Andrew

  10. Andrew Flusche
    May 8th, 2007

    Hi Tim,

    I’m glad I could point you to a great project. I love your post about impressing a girl with telecom! Very nice. But if you win, I get half. ;)

    Andrew

  11. Tim@Todspace
    May 9th, 2007

    - “But if you win, I get half.”

    Okey, that`s the deal :D (or maybe not 50-50 but 60-40% :P )

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    May 29th, 2007

    Great provocative post – look at all the comments! I’d say this is all the sign of a healthy community around the ideas. Check out competitors (e.g., Time/Design or MissionControl) and you’ll see far less. This is because they’re for the most part more closed that GTD…

  47. Andrew Flusche
    May 29th, 2007

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for dropping by, and I’m glad you liked the post. You’re right on about GTD being an open community. That’s one thing I love about it – building off each other, tweaking, and improving things.

    By the way, your article about not taking on other people’s NUTs was great!

    Andrew

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    June 15th, 2007

    Definitely GoalEnforcer
    http://www.goalenforcer.com
    No books to read, and you’ll get started in 5 minutes by just following the interactive tutorial.
    Trust me, it’s so easy and so effective.

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