Not until I read the chapter about collecting everything did I understand how hard GTD is to get started with.
It seems I am stepping on every noob mistake possible with GTD, for example David Allen tells a typical behaviour for his clients learning GTD is to jump directly into the “organize” part of the system.
The book recommends two full days to do the collect, process and organize everything – work and personal life. That includes every drawer, locker, car, project, computer, bookshelf. Everything. Now that is a BIG undertaking for me, one which I cannot handle for two reasons: 1) two days would not be enough 2) I don’t even have two free days in the foreseeable future.
I think this might be a big stumbling block for anybody trying to implement a personal GTD system, but while I can see the merits of going “full on” (like a really empty “inbox” – and thus mind like water state) I don’t see why you cannot do it step wise. In fact, I think doing it step wise has it’s own merits – e.g. building a GTD system you really like – instead of jumping on a specific system you start disliking after a few weeks.