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  • Really off my mind

    One thing I've noticed is that sometimes I'll put something on my list, but I still get those little mental "reminders." For example, this morning I was in the bathroom and I thought, "Call Mom." I get back to my desk and go to my @Calls list to put "Call Mom" on it and found I had already put it there 2 days ago. So I had forgotten that I put the item on my list, but I remembered that I hadn't done this particular NA yet. Any thoughts on this? Is this just unavoidable?

  • #2
    Don't worry about it. Some of it is unavoidable, some will subside as your brain learns that your system is trustworthy.

    Katherine

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    • #3
      Originally posted by kewms
      Don't worry about it. Some of it is unavoidable, some will subside as your brain learns that your system is trustworthy.

      Katherine
      Bingo! I think that Katherine hit it on the head. Your brain doesn't yet fully trust your system.

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      • #4
        One of the things that I did when I was initially getting into my system was to look through my various lists frequently, even if I wasn't in that context. It only took a minute or two, and it helped my be comfortable that everything was where it should be. After using the system a while (everyone is different with how long a while might be) I began to trust that since I had put everything down on the right list, I didn't have to worry about it and only looked at the list when I was in that particular context.

        To your example, once I have "Call Mom" on my list, I know that I'll be looking at that list at least once each day and will see that To Do item.

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        • #5
          It happens to me still, I find it useful for me that I write down the thought again just to affirm the idea gets into the system even if I think I might be making a duplicate. I do it just to affirm that whatever I am reminding/worrying about will get dealt with. It seems the longer you use GTD, the less this tends to happen.

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          • #6
            If I find myself entering a thought that I've already recorded, I figure that means it's something that really, really bothers me. Since I date-stamp everything, I add the new datestamp. Then the number of dates function as a sort of irritation meter, and a prod to pull it off the list and do it!

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            • #7
              Ooooh, nice ideas. Thanks!

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