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If we want to get all systematic about it, we can point out that the first pillar of David Allen’s Getting Things Done system is capture. Or, we can just note that it’s important to write that shit down.
One of Allen’s tenets is that tasks, obligations, and loose ends floating around in our minds occupy brain cells and take up mental energy that could better be used for constructive purposes. Instead of fretting about things yet undone, our task system should help us get it done. We shouldn’t have mental baggage about remembering something we need to do each Tuesday night; our task system should take care of that. We shouldn’t need to try to remember all of the steps to set up a new client in our records; our task system should keep that in order. If we’re going to prepare a print for delivery to a client, again, we shouldn’t worry about forgetting a step. A clear mind can focus on the tasks at hand; we clear our mind by capturing everything that might possibly need to be done and putting those things into a trusted system. In my case, that trusted system is OmniFocus. We don’t just capture things from our mind… we capture receipts, invoices, email, snail mail… any task that requires our attention.
Write that shit down. Get it out of your head. If you’re at a device that has OmniFocus (or your task management system of choice), put it into your system. If you’re not, write it down on paper (with a goal of getting it into your system later). Even though I’m generally a digital kind of guy, I always have a Field Notes notebook with me for notes, sketches, and other things to capture.
Every time you think to yourself “Oh, I should remember to…”, you should write that shit down.
Because if you don’t… later on, you’ll wish you had.
Ubiquitous capture is a key component of productivity. https://t.co/DXF8GHsLtW
— Photowebo (@photowebo) January 9, 2017