Part of the “Why GTD?” Series
Imagine being able to have nothing on your mind.
David Allen calls it mind like water.
It’s one of the consequences of applying GTD, and for me it’s one of the most important.
It’s the one that buys me free mental space.
Having nothing on your mind takes practice.
It’s not easy, but it is simple.
It requires the consistent creation of placeholders for things on your mind and cataloguing these placeholders into a system that you review later. It must happen with everything that comes into your mind to have nothing on your mind.
This is step one of five in GTD: capture. Capture everything on your mind. Depending on your system, this may be as simple as writing it down in a notebook.
Once it’s captured, it’s off your mind.
Your subconscious will stop trying to remind you of it. It knows were to find it.
You can then sit, serene. Not trying to remember what you thought about earlier, what was supposed to go on your shopping list, or your calendar, or anywhere.