get it out of your head

Keeping It In My Head

I used to scoff at my partner who can’t remember who he met and what was discussed at meetings.

“How can you not remember such things”, was my reaction.

At that time, I not only keep all these details in my head. I also made mental notes about all the things I need to get done in my head too.

And I was wondering why I was feeling so tired, frustrated, and overwhelmed all the time.

What’s really happening is this.

Short-Term Memory

via Getting Things Done by David Allen:

As soon as you tell yourself that you should do something, if you file it only in your short-term memory, that part of you thinks you should be doing it all the time.

The keyword here is “all the time”.

In other words, the fact that I’ve been keeping all those details and to-dos in my head (filing it in my short-term memory), results in me thinking about having to do those tasks all the time.

Additionally, David Allen continues:

In my experience, anything that is held only in your head will take up either more or less attention than it deserves.

While we may know that “build an online course” requires more attention, focus, and energy than “build solar system kit with son”, our mind may not be able to differentiate between those two tasks.

Hence, here is the solution.

Get It Out Of Your Head

David Allen via The Atlantic:

First thing, you have to do is capture anything that’s not on cruise control. In other words, what’s on your mind, what’s grabbing your attention, what’s pulling or pushing on you. You need to capture that, by writing it down and getting it out of your head.

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