by Christopher Küttner
I assume the “not doing now” list is another name for the “someday/maybe” list, which other models would call the “master list” or “master task list.” I assume “occasions” are the same thing as appointments. There is something called the “never doing now” list, to which I haven’t a clue. I got the impression from a couple of the newsletters that instead of haven’t context lists, everything goes on the calendar, but I could be wrong.
I can break it down to 2 minute vs. single, action vs project vs. SDM, etc?
I clearly feel like I would have to take MC – but I get a sense of what you’re saying – it’s no surprise given the folks that designed the course that MC is based on concepts around ontology – the study of existence or being.
As mentioned earlier, I think that Mission Control (MC) has much that allows it to resonate with GTD. Both recognize the fundamental truth that you can’t get everything done (shown by the use of “someday/maybe” in GTD and “Not doing now/Never doing now” in Mission Control). In MC, this is the foundational idea, while it sits in the background for GTD.
They both rely on the concept of “why would I do this”, although, again, it’s a bit more up-front with MC. In MC, the description of activities (Next Actions in GTD) are written in past tense describing the outcome purpose for the activities (Projects in GTD).
So, for instance, I wrote, “Increased intimacy and oneness with Terry” for Monday evening dates instead of “Date with Terry”. The MC idea being that if I am more fully conscious of (“present” with) my purpose for what I am doing, I am more likely to do it.
Both GTD and MC focus a lot on capture, although I found that GTD was a bit more rigorous in making sure that the brain dump happened and everything was put into the system. This was discussed with MC, but wasn’t as critical (from my perpective). MC uses the concept of “now” a bit differently, as in “there is a now when I will be doing this activity”. So, in order for the activity to get done, I need to define the “now” in which it will get done, which turns out to be a slot on the calendar at some time. I didn’t find this practicable. I find the GTD approach of prioritization in the moment to be far more appropriate for the way my life tends to flow.
ah – now this is an interesting intersection with Franklin-Covey! Franklin requests you declare 7 roles for your life each week and that you “slot” your “big rocks” in your week. I personally cycle back and forth between making a compass and stepping away from it – I can now see MC has cleverly kept an outcome-focus through the way you described scheduled activities
What i hear in this is distinguishing openings for action that are my commitments vs “ah – that would be nice to do” but not your word [to someone else] […] commitments are described as the roles you commit to for your life and the people in your life that keep you accountable to each role.
What have others done to manage “Someday/Maybe” lists that have gotten out of control – getting lengthy and perhaps unwieldy? Is there a point you need to restructure or “flush” the list and create from nothing?