Inspired by Oliver Starr‘s blog post here.  I started thinking about including “fun” or “hobbie” next actions and projects to my GTD system.

To sum up Mr. Starr, if you find that you’re not wanting to look at your lists, it might be becuase there’s nothing on there that you actually “want” to do.  Motivation is a complicated issue, there are many tricks that people play to get themselves motivated “if I do this, I’ll let myself to this other thing” is one of the more popular.  My vote is for whatever works.

What I don’t like about the idea is “goalifying” or “projectifying” my hobbies.  I guess if I’m not sharpening the saw as much as I should, and I need to make some time, then it would be appropriate to create a project or goal.  But I don’t want to feel bad about not getting to my “Get to level 28 in Halo multi-player” goal.  This is not to say I don’t have personal goals, “get Wing Chun black belt” is actually one of them, but it’s just to keep me focused on what’s important to me.  If I systematize too much, I stop enjoying it.  Sometimes the purpose of doing something is that your not doing anything else.  If you have a tickler every Friday to “stop and smell flowers” I think you might be missing the point of, stopping and smelling the flowers.

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