In my new experimentation with GTD I’ve learned something that I just never paid much attention to in the past: energy level is a very important aspect of the whole system. It’s great to have a list of stuff to do but if you never have the energy to accomplish anything the lists are pretty pointless. I’ve got some big projects that require me to do a lot of mind work and I’ve found, and have come to accept, that doing those projects after work just isn’t going to cut it. By the time the kids are in bed and I’ve already been engaged in work all day I just don’t have the mental capacity to start working on other things that require a lot of thought. So I tried something different.
For several weeks I’ve been getting up about an hour earlier for a couple of days and it’s made me hugely successful in accomplishing some of my goals. My brain is well-rested (well….most of the time anyhow) and I have more overall energy. Those days I was able to get a lot done in the extra hour I had. So tonight I’m starting that routine a bit more formally. I’m going to go to bed earlier and wake up 2 hours early. With the house quiet I can do whatever thinking I need with the energy I need and without the fear of being interrupted.