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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Extended Memory

In order to get more done, I am constantly trying to simplify my work. I hate tasks that contribute little value. I started with a briefcase, went to a portfolio, then a notebook, and I now carry my office in my pocket.


Work is making and keeping promises. So when I am with someone I want a record of my work.


One of my best solutions is a stack of 3" x 5" index cards. In a conversation I can pull one out and make notes without interrupting anyone's thinking. I make a note about something they said or something else I just remembered.


When I complete a task I get a real satisfaction from drawing a line through it, even though I know I am about to throw away the card. Cards help me sleep better too since I know I wrote down each task as they were mentioned so I don't have to worry about it at the end of the day.


How do you extend your memory?


1 comment:

Dick Davies said...

I keep task lists on the right side of each page in my notebook, so I differentiate between "notes" and "tasks" Just realized that.
I keep phone numbers in red, so they are easier to spot as I go back in the book.