Do you remember the line from the movie The Navigator? Aliens abducted a pre-teen boy and tried to imprint maps of the universe in his brain. The plan backfired. The talking spaceship told him he was being returned because, “Your brain leaked.” I resemble that remark. You, too?
I have to write things down. It started as a memory device for the visual learner I am. If I wrote it, I could throw away the piece of paper; it was in there. Now if I lose the paper, I’m a goner. I also like to write things down because that act makes abstract goals and ideas more real.
Thankfully, I am not alone. Leading efficiency and time management writers agree that writing tasks and goals is key. Here are some tricks to make this work for you.
What? Write to-do’s, facts, appointments down as you think of them. Keep a pad next to your computer and in your purse/briefcase/backpack. Then you won’t have to keep repeating it to remind yourself. Less brain chatter and leakage.
When? Now, especially when you are in the middle of a priority task. After you write it down, you can dismiss that thought and focus completely on the task at hand.
Where? Write directly in your day planner/computer calendar, if at all possible. If not, transfer the info to your main data collection tool as soon as you have a chance. Then you will be able find it and act on it. Otherwise, the napkin or post-it note might disappear along with that thought.
Why? So you can live out and share your unique brilliance. We want to hear from you, meet with you for lunch, learn from your experience.
Make it easy on yourself. Don’t trust your leaky brain. Write it down. Then share it with us.