Title: Maybe It’s Time to Re-Think the To-Do List - 4 Ways to Shake It Up
Author: Phil Wild
Checking off tasks in a massive project doesn’t give any sense of accomplishment. There’s always another task and no easy way to see the cumulative progress. I keep chipping away but never get a glimpse at the figure in the stone.
Phil Wild says that the GTD system doesn’t work for long projects because it takes too long to write out all the next actions, and then they become redundant anyway as things change when the project is underway.
Wild also cites Cal Newport who says that GTD doesn’t encourage deep work and gives every action the same importance.
This has been my experience with trying to break down long projects at the start. I often don’t know what I need to do later until the first steps have been taken – at which point it becomes obvious.