GTD as the Curse of Facebook (GTD buzzwords italicized):
Like any human, I generate many more ideas than I can execute. However, I meticulously capture these ideas with a GTD system (ticklers, someday-maybe's). By now, weekly reminders of a decade's accumulation of implementable-but-unimplemented ideas make me feel discontented, out of integrity.
That shouldn't happen, because each of these ideas is technically not an incomplete: it's not even a project. I'm "in integrity" with each idea because I haven't broken an agreement with myself, deliberately dropping the ball; I've captured it. Capturing something frees your poor little brain from having to remember it, freeing up your brain to be creative again. To have more ideas.
You can see where that leads.
It's like having accumulated so many friends over the years that each friendship can now be maintained by no more than clicking a happy-birthday button. It's a scaling problem: what works for twenty ideas (or friends) fails for a thousand.
(When a new idea occurs, I'm not dropping active tasks, bouncing from crisis to crisis like a ping pong ball in a clothes dryer as Dilbert puts it. I'm just capturing the idea for later consideration.)
The Prophet David commands us to capture all ideas, not just those for the 9-to-5 workday. To restore a sense of integrity about the whole collection of ideas:
- Must I heretically limit my capturing of even 9-to-5 ideas?
- Must I heretically de-capture stale ideas?
- Is there a different viewpoint that treats my fetid stinking pile of unimplemented ideas as no more special than anybody else's?
(Less time, Less Experiences and many tasks suggests a book that I've just ordered: The Checklist Manifesto, by Gawande. It doesn't seem obviously relevant. Edit: It isn't.)