New season of Hoarders is coming! So of course I think “GTD”…

A screen shot from the A & E show Hoarders – each and every thing in this picture is a procrastinated decision.

Well. In a month. But it is coming! I’m not a big fan of many reality shows on TV, but watching Hoarders (auto-start music warning, be careful if you are at work and don’t want the TV show’s theme music to start blaring from your computer…) is one of my vices.  One of the things that fascinates me is how the professionals on the show deal with the hoarding mindset and how they help people to get past it. It also brings home the GTD concept of decision making. Watching the people at the beginning, when they struggle to decide what to throw away, brings home the importance of that decision-making process.

This is an extreme example, to be sure, but it is a very real thing. While most of us don’t have the mental illness required to ignore decisions until they look like the picture to the left, each of the bits of paper in your inbox and voice mails on your phone and emails in your inbox can be the seed of a Hoarders-level mess.

I don’t profess to be anywhere near perfect in this regard (though watching a couple of episodes of Hoarders does motivate me to clean my house…) but I do try to keep in mind that making  a decision is usually far less work than I think it will be and will be beneficial for me, in many different ways.

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