David Allen on Why We Write Down Ideas

“If you write down the idea, a part of you knows that your brain no longer has to keep hold of it, so it’s free to range and roam into new territory. 

“If your goal is to have the best ideas that you can about anything, you want to be able to draw on as many possibilities as you come up with, which gives you the widest range of choices. 

“Having a place for ideas, whenever and wherever you might have them, combined with the habit of free-form recording of those ideas, guarantees a great deal of valuable thinking that woudn’t otherwise occur.” David Allen

From the book: Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life

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