Have I mentioned before that I'm an organisation freak?
Ahh, I can here the scoffing from everyone who knows me. I'm sure my mother just swallowed her dinner the wrong way and every housemate I've ever had just squirted beer out their nostrils. For I am RENOWNED as a messy person.
But my messiness always had a system: if I put something down somewhere I knew where it was and could always find it again at a moments notice. I had housemates who would pack everything away neatly into boxes, and then spend 20min searching for an item while I would reach into any pile and produce it instantly. It was an organisation system that worked because I was in complete control of it.
Then I moved in with DrH and have spent most of the last six years looking for things that he's moved around. The number one rule of co-existence with me is DON'T TOUCH MY SHIT, and what's the one rule that NEVER gets followed?
So seeing as my tried-and-true, worked-perfectly-for-twenty-five-years system is down the drain, I've been searching for something else. And everytime I've failed to find that perfect system which will have me completely organised and cannot be broken by a husband moving a stack of my papers.
It must be perfect. If it isn't I can't even start using it, and so there I sit, stuck and disorganised and going quietly insane.
So I've tried this geek-god David Allen's Getting Things Done and you know what? It STILL isn't perfect. It breaks to easily, the system is brittle and can't handle not being maintained with constant high attention. I like the concept of it and I've brought in various tools from it, but as a whole it doesn't work great with my personality. It's too many rules and structures and... that's something I then rebel against. Even when they're the rules I'VE set for myself.
So I'm still stuck. Anyone know anything better than GTD?