Why you should get stuff out of your head
June 15, 2013 2 Comments
The reason is our minds are not built to remember all of the little “commitments” we make every day. Our subconscious knows we have some kind of commitment and it “worries” in the background or subconsciously that we will forget something important. This leads to stress.
So, the way out of this is to put the “stuff” (appointments, numbers, tasks, ideas, notes, worries, promises, deadlines, reminders, projects, maybes, etc.) in a Trusted System.
Think about life before electronic “contacts” applications.
You had to memorize things like people’s address and phone numbers. How well did that work out? Sure, some people could memorize lots of phone numbers and were very proud of this fact. But, most people had no way of memorizing lots of phone numbers and needed a way to “get them out of their head” and into a Trusted System.
Initially, people used pencil and paper to store people’s addresses and phone numbers. Then the trusted system was a physical “Rolodex” or some kind of a journal with all your contact info. Then, as technology advanced, for most people it was “Contacts” in Outlook that served as our trusted system. Finally, the concept of contacts became universal and today our mobile devices make our contacts available to us anytime, anywhere on earth. What a great trusted system! Calendars followed a similar path.
When we trust a system to store our “stuff” our brain let’s go of that little background task that is worried you will forget about the commitment. If there is one thing that technology is great at, it’s remembering things. The biggest instant benefit of capturing your “stuff” is that once you capture it, you feel relief instantly. The is because once you have captured your “stuff” you can forget about it. You know where to find it if/when you need it. And this reduces stress.
Don’t store things in your head. Put them in a trusted system. You will be rewarded with relief and increased mental capacity. You will almost immediately feel better. By capturing your “stuff”, you will increase your mental capacity. It’s like an upgrade for your brain.
Once you start doing this, you might be shocked how clearly you can think and how efficiently you can function. It’s almost like magic.
Tell me about your trusted system.