Time management Mondays: Thinking without paper

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Readers of this blog will probably be familiar with the argument that writing stuff on paper (as opposed to on a keyboard or phone) has cognitive benefits.

My distractible mommy brain is an even starker illustration of the point — I can’t hold three things in my brain for longer than three seconds, and probably only one. (And yes, that’s one thing and one second, if I’m honest.) Last Friday, I left work early to meet a cousin in the city. I knew I had an hour to kill before I needed to leave, and since I have the luxury of working from home, my home office is around the corner from any number of urgent practical tasks.

Once I’d thrown a load of laundry in the wash, however, I found myself moving distractedly from one end of the house to the other, starting one thing that would bring me to a different room, and then noticing something there that needed my attention, too. It wasn’t until I wrote out a list of everything I could think to try to accomplish that I was able to sort things out, prioritize, and start working more effectively.

There’s always more to do, but at least I was able to avoid the ineffectual headless chicken runaround…

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  1. I’m right there with you. There’s always so much that could be done or needs to be done, that when I’m faced with an unscheduled hour I don’t even know where to begin. I keep a list of things to do sometime during the week that don’t have to be done at any specific time, so when I get moments like that I can be productive and not end up at the end of the hour having done nothing at all (which happens too!).

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