vrgrrl, I found the following article recently; if you don't like systems and todo lists you might find it interesting!
It's called: Time Management for Right Brained People (Or-What to do if to-do lists are not your style) (PDF).
Your reply has brought a smile to my face.
Up until now, I have been a silent about a problem I was having with the whole GTD concept...the fact that it seems to come from another planet that I don't live on and is all in an alien language I can't really comprehend.
It was starting to get very frustrating to just think about it...and I react very poorly to frustration....it usually makes me cry. But I kind of felt obligated to continue with it because I said I would, and didn't want to be a disappointment to myself, and those that know me, by quitting....and being the first to quit.
That article seems to make more sense than all of the others I have read, put together.
I think I am going to start with some 'What have I Done' lists. (something not mentioned there but I think is necessary for me)
Then take a really good look at them and start making some 'Not ToDo' lists.
And use the 'Not ToDo' lists to help me learn how to say 'No'.
Then maybe I will have the time, energy, and desire to do the things I want to get done.
In my life I have too many ToDo lists...and most aren't even mine. Too many people around me use me as their ToDo list, knowing if they don't do it, I will.
Pretty good deal for them...after all, what other method of keeping a list guarantees that if you don't do everything on it that it will magically get done by the multi-talented list itself, doing it all for you?
Not a good deal for me though...I end up feeling drained of my energy and then lack the desire to work on my very short list.
I need to stop being so dependable, stop being the one that always picks up the slack for others, learn to say 'No' and stop being a doormat....and stop giving all
my time and energy away for free.