I’ve long been a fan of writing things down to free myself up. A while back, a friend of mine got me in the habit of carrying a little yellow sticky pad everywhere I go. It lets me jot things down, wherever I go, so I never have to keep things buzzing around in my head.
I already knew that writing things down is a way to avoid task saturation. I noticed the more I wrote down ideas, the more they flow. I also noticed the more I write things down, the clearer my mind is. I really am freed up. I bet writing things down was a part of Edison and da Vinci’s success.
While reading the book, Power Thinking: How the Way You Think Can Change the Way You Lead , I was happy to see John Mangerie and Cathy Block really spell it out so clearly:
Judicious analysts do two things when confronted with a difficult problem: they decide what strategy they will use to solve it and then write down ideas as they think of them. By writing ideas down as they are generated, they free up their mind from the task of remembering them. Thus, it is able to come up with additional possible solutions and to analytically assess the soundness of the ideas that have been developed during the problem-solving process.
I think this really helps clarify and support why writing things down is an important part of Getting Results.
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