A few weeks ago, there was one day when my mom and I didn’t do anything productive. I had a cache of “Day Break” episodes because my mom hasn’t seen it before, and I thought she might like it. The problem is that she had misplaced her [paper-based] address book, so that was nagging her. We watched through the first six episodes (which, until yesterday, was all of them), but after every other one, she’d get up and look around for that address book.
She finally found it at the bottom of a plastic bag of “stuff” in which she was going to take to the Philippines after Christmas. Of course, she was happy and in a great mood.
Why is it that when I misplace something, then find it later, she’s still mad?
Anyway, if everything you need to do is written down and out of your head, then you can relax during the moments when you’re not dealing with your stuff. Ever since GTD, I’ve felt that much better about basically everything I’m not doing.