Join David Allen for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying the capturing step, part of Getting Things Done.
Something you might want to consider doing is actually turning off this program for a little while and actually doing the capture process for yourself. The rest of the program will probably make more sense if you actually have some real stuff of your own to actually work with. So, you can take five minutes. You can take an hour if you wanted to. And it might be very useful. It's not required. Because, at some point, you would probably want to do some version of that. And I know you've all made lists. You've made lists before, so that's not really a new thing to do.
But this would be a very focused, concentrated effort to sit down and see how empty you could get your head. So you could turn me off, grab yourself a pen, paper and just sit down and grab it all. Little, big, personal, professional, you could put it on one list if you want. I know I mentioned earlier that you might want to write it on separate pieces of paper, either one of those is fine. But you might want to just generate as much you can. Get your head as empty as you can. And there might be more there than you realize. Projects that have been started, not finished.
Projects you need to start. Things you need to buy. Things you need to fix. You might want to look around in your environment, see what does that remind you about. You might want to go in your mind's eye to where you work, if you're not there right now, and think about what are all the things going on there. Anything that's incomplete, anything, particularly commitments and promises you've made to other people. Who's waiting on you for anything right now? Also, you'd want to capture anything you're waiting on to come back from other people. You'll see that when we get to the organizing step, one of the really important categories is to categorize all the things you're waiting on to come back from other people.
So, think about walking around in your house, in your environment where you live. And, what does that remind you about that needs to be handled or fixed? You might want to think about your calendar too. If you look back over the last week or two, you're very likely to notice some things that are, oh, that reminds me I need to. And if you look forward on your calendar, think about events coming towards you. Meetings you're going to be in, maybe presentations you need to give, trips that you're going to take. Often times a lot of those things, you know, have things you need to do about them and those are really good to grab and get out of your head.
So you get the idea. Just get any and all of it out of your head. And then, don't worry. We'll show you what to do with it.
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