“I’ll just put my keys right here in this random place. It’s not what I usually do, but I’ll definitely remember where they are.” That right there is a snippet of an internal monologue of someone who’s about to misplace their keys for at least twenty minutes.
We’ve all been there, right?
In my Time Management Fundamentals course, I talk about approved gatherings points, and how they can take all sorts of forms: a notepad, an inbox, even an app like OneNote can help you keep track of all your commitments and priorities.
With all this talk of note-taking, know there’s one thing that certainly isn’t an approved gathering point: your brain. You shouldn’t burden your brain by making it a receptacle for your to-do lists in addition to all the other things it has to take care of.
Pay attention to the commitments you’re making to yourself and others, and double check that you’re putting those commitments into an approved gathering point—before you commit to them. As you make note-taking a habit, you may also find your productivity improves, as your switch tasking will most likely lessen.
Let’s up our game when it comes to following through. All it takes is making a note to ourselves.