I first read Getting Things Done back in June and have worked hard to implement this system in my day-to-day life. I'm happy to report that I am still sticking with it.
I'm still a subscriber to Vitalist.com, despite their recent decision not to offer free service any more. That was a disappointing decision for many. However I decided it was worth $5 a month for a little while just so I could keep up my organizational momentum. I am very hopeful that there will be other productivity software specifically designed for GTD available soon. I know of one person who is actually working on that. I of course would strongly prefer to pay FREE for an online service or even purchase a software package just once. In 6 more months I'll reevaluate my options and see if Vitalist is still worth it compared to the certain multitude of GTD options that will no doubt be available to me by then.
What I like about GTD: I love having every single thing I need to do, now or even in the far future, all captured in the same place (Vitalist, for me). It's been difficult for me to remember to capture my To Dos at the very moment they occur to me, but since there is a self-reinforcing positive consequence to doing so, I'm getting better at remembering to do that. I'm so used to having everything in one spot that I get irritated with myself when I fail to capture a necessary action.
What I don't like: well....can't really think of anything. Like all productivity systems, you get out of it what you've put into it. GTD seems to align with the way my brain works.
On a somewhat related note--as I've been implemeting GTD and accomplishing some of my decluttering goals, I have discovered that I actually LIKE keeping things in order. Some background may be necessary here. I have never been what you might call a neat-freak. I do have minimum standards of cleanliness of course. But clutter has not really bothered me in a profound way. Well, guess what? It bothers me now. This has presented some problems as I also share a house with several also-non-neat-freaks. I am trying to share with them a new love of mine: empty space.
This may sound amusing to all of you naturally tidy folks out there, but there is something inside of me (nature or nurtured--I don't know) that wants to think every horizontal space in my life--bookshelves, countertops, tables, beds--needs to be holding something vitally important. Except that feeling inside me is dying because I'm killing it off consciously and brutally! Here's my strategy: whenever I pick up something off the floor or clear off the counters while loading the dishwasher, I simply gaze upon that small bit of empty space for a brief second and enjoy it. Teeny tiny lego on the floor--when I remove it, there is a teeny tiny space of clear, open happiness that had been hidden underneath it. Move a few more things--more clear space! It has become somewhat of an addiction, this revealing of empty neglected space underneath all the stuff, one piece of stuff at a time. So I take a moment's pleasure in the clear space and that encourages me to move on to the next thing.
Of course, if you walked into my house at this very moment, you would see quite clearly how far I have to walk along this particular path! But I've got to admit it's getting better....it's getting better all the time!