In our always connected and busy world you will be pushed and pulled into many directions. Some things will be critical for you to handle now. Some things will just distract you. Some distractions can be deadly!
Webster defines distractions in three ways:
- something that makes it difficult to think or pay attention,
- something that amuses or entertains you so that you do not think about problems, work, etc.,
- a state in which you are very annoyed or upset,
David Allen says “The degree to which your attention is being grabbed is the degree to which you are not free to place your attention where and how you want to.” There is a way to be less distracted throughout your day but it requires critical note taking skills and review habits!
The power of a note and its supporting elements (file folder, journal, Microsoft OneNote or app) is that you can think about something and then put it away. You can take action on it when you actually CAN do something about it. Leaving it “in your head” will guarantee it will distract you in the least convenient time. That’s like getting a phone call every time you don’t want one.
Who wants to live like that?
David Allen, http://gettingthingsdone.com/newsletters/archive/0909.html
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