The brain is an amazing thing, but it isn’t perfect.
I’m Mike from Your Virtual CTO snd today I want to talk to you about the importance of writing things down and how writing things down will save you up to 2 hours per day.
Many of us have very good memories. We don’t forget much. This is awesome except when it comes to tasks we need to complete. Those don’t like to stay tucked away in the memory.
Think about this. Have you ever awakened out of a sound sleep in the middle of the night because you suddenly remembered something you needed to accomplish? This happens because your brain is reminding you to get the task done and it knows you are relying upon it to remember. It knows you worry about forgetting things.
This is the best argument for writing things down. When you capture an important task in writing inside of a trusted system, your brain will stop waking you up to remind you. You will feel more relaxed knowing your important tasks are captured for recall later. This saves you time because you aren’t continually reviewing your mental task list.
It is important to note that nothing is too big or too small to be written down. It’s one of the many processes you need to manage your life properly. By writing down tasks in a system you review regularly, it is going to get done.
The simple act of capturing a task means it is eventually going to receive your full attention. No matter what it is, there will come a point in time when that item sees the light of day.
It is my belief that when you write things down, your brain goes to work making sure that task is eventually completed. At this point, you’re relying on a list as well as your brain for reminders. This is a much more efficient solution. It enables you to relax and focus on what’s important. The fact that it is in writing will allow you to spend your time working on tasks and not simply trying to remember what tasks need to be completed.
To me, this is why planning your week is so essential. Your planning is done in writing and therefore the likelihood of success increases dramatically. I’ve tracked my work and I save an average of 2 hours a day just by writing things down and doing a weekly plan.
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