I get the feeling that if you have too many things in front of you then you are not really GTD/OF-ing as well as you could be
OF should help you only have important stuff in front of you that is it's purpose. Perhaps you need to make greater use of perspectives to cut down on the amount you're looking at.
One of the things missing in OF is a 'last step' of choosing exact next actions - i.e. the things you REALLY have to do
I use a perspective that only shows me flagged events. This is my 'ultimate' final final 'these must be done now' list.
All I do is flag a few items from my main do list to create this flagged ultimate list. And then do those things NOW/TODAY. I don't allow myself to look at any other perspective until they're all done.
Of course, if you are still having problems procrastinating over even the things that take less than 2 minutes as per GTD then even GTD/OF may be unable to help you :)
Here's a good tip though: OF has the column 'Estimate' where you can try and guesstimate how long a particular something can take to do. If you are having problems more with GTS (Getting Things Started) than GTD, then putting in how long you think each thing will take then gives you a less overwhelming experience as when you are realistic with these times, most things only take less than an hour, some only even half an hour. Putting a time on these things also gives you a short term goal and can act as a challenge - Can I REALLY finish tidying up that website in the next hour? or can I really see if I can tidy the room in the next 45 minutes?
Give it a try may help. THINGS TAKE LESS TIME THAN YOU THINK. Your brain looks at lists and think 'Oh no this will take days' - it's a very bad judge of time. When you break things down by giving them estimates, suddenly you realize you can do almost everything before lunchtime and then choose to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for the rest of the day should you choose.
Staring at lists makes them appear bigger. Stop it.
Last edited by BevvyB; 2008-09-07 at 11:21 AM..