Empty Your Mind on to a Sheet of Paper

Last night I read the first two chapters of David Allen’s famous book, Getting Things Done.

Very practical and useful. Here’s my main take away.

Any time an idea comes into your mind that you need to do something about, write it down immediately. Always write it down on the same piece of paper, or in the same place on your computer/cell phone. Whatever you do, do it the same way every single time. Never carry it around in your mind. Empty what you need to get done on to a piece of paper as quickly as you can. Now you don’t have to think about it anymore until you go back to the piece of paper.

Then go to each item on your list at least once every few days, and answer these two questions:

  1. What is my objective for doing this thing?
  2. What do I need to actually do to make it happen?

Then move into action.

That’s it. That’s the miracle of getting things done. Identify what you need to think about and write it down immediately. Identify what objective you’re trying to achieve as a result of getting it done. Then write down what you need to do in order to get it done. And then go do it.

Don’t skip any of those little pieces. Voila! You got something done.

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