In the modern age, we get bombarded with information left and right. On top of that, our jobs have become a lot more stressful, having to deal with many more requests coming from email, chat, project management, colleagues, bosses, etc.
This is one of the reasons people struggle so much to be productive, and it is hard to concentrate when you have many things on your mind.
First of all, if it's on your mind, your mind isn't clear. Anything you consider unfinished in any way must be captured in a trusted system outside your mind, or what I call a collection bucket, that you know you'll come back to regularly and sort through.
David Allen, author of "Getting Things Done."
One of the methods introduced by David Allen in his book Getting Things Done is to use a system to clear your mind. Whenever you think of something, being an idea, a specific task, something to remember, or else, he advises storing that information somewhere (a piece of paper or a digital software) so that it does not pollute your mind.
Indeed, by keeping that information in your brain, you might forget it, but most importantly, it creates unconscious stress that prevents you from using your brain for its creative capabilities.
Routine has been designed with those principles in mind.
As a first step, learn the habit of opening the
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Do not worry about the way information is written. There could be grammatical errors, for instance, but it does not matter. Get the information out of your brain as quickly as possible to get back to a focused state.
This is why Routine's console is so minimalistic; there is no button to set a date, enter a description, add tags, or else. It has been conceived for you to dump information quickly and organize it later.
By following this very simple technique, you will learn to ignore all the distractions while saving information that might be important to be reconsidered later.
The time when you reconsider that information is up to you. This is why this technique removes so much stress. Days can go by before you decide to look at what you saved.
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