Keeping track of the myriad of things that need to get done can be a challenge.
Life in 2016 is hectic and complicated.
So much to remember.
“Did I RSVP for that birthday party?”
“What was that last item that my spouse wanted me to get at the grocery store?”
“Where did I park my car?”
It is almost too much.
We try “to-do” lists, tickler systems, calendaring. And they do help manage tasks – to varying degrees.
But sometimes things can still fall through the cracks.
This week, I began reading the updated version of Getting Things Done by David Allen. A friend gave me the paperback version and I borrowed the audio CD at the library.
I read the original GTD around the time that I started the law firm.
In the book, David discusses “open loops.”
Open loops are unfinished tasks, things that nag at us – basically, our mind remembering the things that we have not gotten done already.
And our mind doesn’t always remember at the right time. We remember that we need a new light bulb for the kitchen as we lay down to bed, not when we drive by the hardware store.
David believes these open loops take up a lot of our brain’s processing power and I think he’s right. David encourages us to develop an airtight system of getting these unfinished, nagging tasks out of our brain and into a format that we won’t lose or misplace them.
I have started tinkering with it and it has been helpful so far. I will keep you posted.