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On the other hand, i've seen mainly new programmers give up when they hit this point, and pushing past it is an important part of becoming a real coder.I agree, but it's important how you push past that point: knowing when to stop a certain approach and start looking for alternatives, knowing when to ask for help, knowing when to step back and get a good night's sleep. :-) It's easy to get all caught up in it until you realize hours have passed.-mouser (September 25, 2006, 03:38 AM)
i've never known a programmer including myself who can accurately estimate project times, except to stop yourself right after you are about to give out your estimate, and multiply by 4 or 10. i wish that was a jokeYou are right, I'm probably asking the impossible. :-)
it seems you are either self disciplined or you are not. is it possible to change from one to the other, well, of course it is - but without some kind of external force training you to become disciplined then how are you going to achieve it on your own.According to Steve Pavlina (and I'm sure he's not the only one) self-discipline can be trained. I think you can train this on your own by taking something small you can do and gradually increasing the size of the things you pick.-nudone (September 24, 2006, 05:33 AM)
so, if you accept what Pavlina is saying, then if you are waiting for self-discipline to finally kick in and take over your life every single day - forget it, it ain't gonna happen.
i find this shocking. i thought, to become super disciplined would be the conclusion of this DC GTD experiment. clearly this is where i'm going wrong. i'm trying to achieve something that isn't possible.-nudone (September 23, 2006, 11:49 AM)
1. [..] what do you recommend a person do to make sure he/she is concentrating enough time and energy on the things that are really important for quality of life?
2. Is the GTD system compatible with the "First Things First" principles of Stephen Covey? If so, can he explain how?
3. Does he have any suggestions [..] for ways we can stay focused on the things that matter most to us?-momonan (September 09, 2006, 09:40 AM)
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.Remember that this experiment is not about you having to do GTD, but about finding out what works for you. If GTD frustrates you it might not be for you. It might be interesting to look at what frustrates you: is it the concepts of GTD itself, or just the fact that it's explained in a way that is not your style? Or both?
It was starting to get very frustrating to just think about it...-app103 (September 12, 2006, 04:31 AM)