Are You Ready to Think More Clearly?

 In Career Change, Stress

Feeling overwhelmed? Got way more to do than you can handle?

Many highly productive people tend to have sharp minds and take pride in their “mental” organizational skills. They say, “I have it all up here,” and point to their heads. I admit I am one of these people. But, because of the huge amount of information coming at us every day and the number of random thoughts generated by that information, it is simply not wise to keep it all in our heads. Here’s why:

Your brain is designed for thinking—not storage

If you wake up in the night with work stress or with your to-do list running through your head, it may be because you are misusing your brain. Your brain has the capacity to re-work your entire work strategy and come up with the creative answers you need to life’s most complicated problems. But it cannot perform that task if you are using it as a notepad instead of a launch pad.

Get it out of your head

It’s time to reduce the amount of information floating around in your head and form the habit of creating capture points (also known as buckets, downloads, list locations, etc.) for the items that you would like to accomplish or remember. Take a moment now to think of the 1-5 physical locations in which you can capture information, and commit to keeping those lists somewhere handy—outside of your head. Within a very short period of time, you will notice your brain working much harder for you and doing what it was designed to do—THINK!

 

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