School/learning doesn't take GTD. Teaching doesn't take GTD. Mostly, childrearing doesn't take GTD. Those are all things that take excellence in the moment, and a lot of background learning and practice (in the moment, mostly).
Patri listed the well-known tenets of Deliberate Practice in that LW essay of his:
Is not inherently enjoyable. Is not play or paid practice. Is relevant to the skill being developed. Is not simply watching the skill being performed. Requires effort and attention from the learner. Often involves activities selected by a coach or teacher to facilitate learning.
I think 3,4,5,and 6 are essential.
I think 1 and 2 are flat out wrong.
The best of the best play at practice. They do, they try to get better, and they work at it...all because it's fun.
Motivation wins everything.
Having said that...I love to teach...and I happen to be pretty good at it.
As of Labor Day, I had no work scheduled yet in my scary new (old) career. I simply didn't know where my next $ were going to come from...and in a week, I'd be an independent trainer again.
For the week of 9/13, here's how my schedule went.
9/7 AM, I was planning to teach a 5 day class in Chicago. 9/7 noon the class in Chicag was canceling and, I was planning to teach a different class in person in North Carolina. 9/7 2pm both classes had cancelled, and I was teaching nothing. 9/7 4pm, I was scheduled to teach a 3 day online class...which I did indeed teach.
For the week of 9/20...my schedule went like this:
9/8 to 9/10 (my last day at work), I have a moderately sure 5-day class in Chicago. 9/14 I am teaching a class...and the class in Chicago shrinks to 3 days, and postpones a week. Then...the work-life explodes.
Today, I am teaching every week but one from now until Halloween, and writing courseware the other week. That's from 4 different vendors, not working every day, the income will match or beat what I used to make, and it's in education, which I love.
Am I good or lucky? Not sure. But enough folks know me that I can make feed the family. Much relief.