What separates humans from other living creatures is our capacity for higher level thinking. While it’s great we have powerful minds, it can also be our worst enemy. Everyday our minds jump from thought to thought. This can be detrimental to our well-being. It prevents us from living in the present, whether that’s enjoying the small pleasures of life or focusing on the task at hand.
So how do we manage all these thoughts swirling around in our heads? You do it by writing things down. By writing things down, we remove the urge to keep things stuck in our heads. I’ve categorized three different types of things that lurk in our minds. They are tasks, ideas, and baggage. I will briefly explain each category and why it’s beneficial to write each down.
Writing Down Your Tasks
Tasks can be considered errands, or things that must get done. On days in which there’s a lot to do, it can be stressful keeping track of everything. When this happens, write it all down! Part of our stress can be attributed to our fear of forgetting something. By writing down each task, it allows us to approach our objectives in a calm and organized way.
Writing Down Your Ideas
Ideas can include things such as your next great startup idea, the punch line to a funny joke, or potential names for your new pet. As humans we are gifted with creative minds. The problem is many people don’t record their ideas. As a result these ideas slip from our minds.
Writing down ideas is beneficial in two ways. First it prevents us from letting those ideas slip into the oasis. Secondly it allows us to build on past ideas. For example let’s say one day you write down your idea for a startup. The following day you write down the name of the startup, potential target markets, and so on. As they say Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were your creative ideas.
Writing Down Your Baggage
Baggage can be things such as emotional scars, regrets, long-held animosities, and all those other unpleasant feelings. Is it critical to write down what we’re feeling. Some may argue venting about your problems to others is the solution. While I do agree there is a time and place for that, I’m also a firm believer there are things that can only be expressed through written language. It can be hard to fully convey your feelings verbally, especially when it’s something you’re extremely emotional about.
If you’re looking to release your mind from all the bombardment of thoughts, take the time to write things down. You’ll become more productive and creative. Most importantly, you’ll provide an outlet to release your mind of the negative thoughts swirling around in your head. If the end goal is to clear our minds, the most simplistic way of achieving that is by writing everything down.
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