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05 August 2010



As I recall (it's been about 5 years since I read GTD), David Allen would encourage us to shape our work routines to minimize the Zeigarnik Effect, as time spent worrying about the past is time wasted. On one hand, this makes sense, and seems similar to the MBM imperative to ignore sunk costs.

For my own part, however, I don't think I'd want to block out the Zeigarnik Effect. I have had a tendency in the past to overrate my task-completion percentage. Becoming more aware of this has led me to make a number of changes to how I manage my time.

The GTD principle that I've hung onto is the value of an empty email inbox. Nothing inspires existential dread like an inbox with hundreds of messages, each with implied tasks.

Andy Gillette

That's interesting, Peter. Do you see value in the Z Effect in that it keeps you focused on things that need to be accomplished? Also, I'm curious: did you try to implement GTD full scale?

I have a tendency to like chaos, and sometimes the "open loops" overwhelm me to where I change task so frequently, or dwell unproductively various next steps, that I think I get less done. I'm hoping the GTD can help--I'll let you know what I find out.

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