Don't Overthink It

Picture showing table of this week's unscheduled tasks

First place to jot down a task while your in the middle of another task, as not to be distracted

When a task pop's in your head, when a brilliant idea comes to mind, or simply when someone told something to you that you might need to remember, drop it in this box at the top of your weekly planner.

This is not necessarily the time to filter and jot down that thought into the correct days planner, or even determine the priority of it. Just simply get it out of your head.

How many times have you told yourself you will remember this or that, and well, you didn't. Don't worry, there is nothing wrong with you.

Our brains are not designed to remember a lot things that just come to mind, but rather to solve problems, be creative, and be social.

So after getting that idea or thought jotted down, rest assured it will be moved to the correct place later, to take action on, and complete it or at least move it to the next level.

At the end of the day, after our brain is in the right place to deal with some of the random ide

as or thoughts we had added, we can move it to the right day and put a priority on it, or move it over to the 30/60/90 Someday List. These items will be reviewed during our Weekly Review time block. see: Best times to plan and review

I should inject a soft warning here. Using David Allen's GTD method concerning the two minute rule: This by no means should give you a self-permission to start switching contexts and jumping all around to a different genre of tasks execution Context switching is the number one productivity focus enemy. One switch leads to two, leads to three and so on, and now your down so many rabbit holes the focus is gone. John Hall in his article in Forbes describes it like this: "Context switching is jumping between two unrelated tasks, or multitasking. Even though it may not seem harmful, the truth is that our brains aren’t wired for multitasking. When you’re constantly bouncing between tasks, you’re actually dividing your attention, meaning none of your tasks are getting your full effort. "

What is meaningful to practice while making that quick note, is adding context, the why, or the spirit of the idea and note. By capturing and retaining the why at the point of jotting down that note, we have a greater chance of giving it the focus and priority it deserves.

Picture of Sample future task list

30 / 60 / 90 Someday Tasks

30 / 60 / 90 Someday Task's

Someday Task are a version of a "Brain Dump". Our minds are primarily designed for thinking, solving, and being creative, not necessarily for remembering. So this is just a raw input to keep you from forgetting.