The review makes a smarter you. When we take the time to review our notes (our lists, tasks and organized information) we aid our “future selves.” Simply put, notes allow our brain to work less and be smarter in the future moment it is needed.
A review sounds like a big process, taking lots of time but that isn’t true. A review can take two minutes and can add clarity, direction and focus you didn’t have before the review.
So take two minutes to review throughout the day and get the benefits of being smarter.
“If you don’t write your ideas down, they could leave your head before you even leave the room.” – Richard Branson
Sadly for the great majority of people this is the reality. So much is lost in the busyness of work and play that we miss really important details.
We are told “the devil is in the details” but I never understood that idiom. The origin of that phrase actually began with “God is in the details” and meant things appear quite simple at first but a closer examination will reveal the greatness hidden from view.
Whatever you’re working on deserves the investment of note taking so that your creative, problem solving brain can bring value to the world. This starts with the simple idea…capture it. Don’t miss it!
Of all the important subjects to write about, I chose the subject of notes because it is a foundational skill impacting everything you do.
My name is Michael Potter and I’m a technology professional, musician and avid reader who has a full and often overwhelming life to manage. These activities are by choice and not circumstance as I find my interest in doing new or different things nearly limitless.
What years of experience has taught me is that my brain wasn’t designed to manage the many details, complexities and memories associated with the work I wanted to do. What’s worse, I am a creative type who prefers to remember and recall thousands of details of playing and performing music. Math formulas? Prime numbers? History dates? No. Not important enough to store that in my brain.
In the past few years I have rediscovered the value and necessity of writing, organizing and recalling notes to improve the quality of my work and leisure activities. This blog and podcast will “note” my journey along with experts who have helped me along the way.
Write down the times and dates you feel low (tired, cranky, sluggish) because you will be at your worst performing level.
Sometimes the best thing you can do is put resting at the top of your To Do List. If you know your low performance periods then you can avoid the frustration of trying to accomplish something without the energy to do it.
A really important part of the GTD methodology is the idea of horizons of focus which include personal and professional goals.
I’ve not seen an app directly integrate goals into the workflow except for Doit.im and FacileThings. For years I have been using task/project manager solutions without goals directly tied to the work I have been doing.
Without such a focus, you’ll work on things that really don’t matter to you and that’s a waste of your time, focus and life.
In my early days of using paper based Franklin Planners, I wrote my tasks and transferred incomplete tasks the next day. It was a huge turn off. I never felt that was a useful process. When digital solutions arrived I jumped in and never looked back.
Now I realize that it was the method that was wrong and I could maintain lists without rewriting them. Having a paper based list and task workflow that is simple yet complete will be my next research project.