Your mind can be a major source of interruptions if you rely on it for storage. This is because we can only hold about four things “top of mind” at any given time. More than that and those items spill into our unconscious, only to interrupt us at some random time (like 2am or when we’re working on something completely unrelated.) Clearing your mind regularly keeps you on track, focused, and ensuring nothing is falling through the cracks.
Building Your Habit
- Capture items as they come to mind. Leave them uncategorized on your task list until you can process and organize them.
- If your task list isn’t available, a simple paper notepad is a great tool for clearing your mind. Process and organize the notes when you get back to your task list.