“Anything that does not belong where it is, the way it is, is an ‘open loop', which will be pulling on your attention if it’s not appropriately managed.”
Who said it: David Allen
David is a productivity consultant but what I know him best for is a brilliant little book called Getting Things Done.
Why I like it:
Do you sometimes feel like you have too many things in your brain and you are overthinking all of them? Everything from organising a playdate for your kids to calling the pest control people or doing performance reviews for your team. They're all in there creating this chaotic mess until your brain feels fried and overwhelmed. How can you focus on the task at hand if you have all of this unfinished business going on in your head? David says that part of the way to clearing your mind is to have a vessel – or system, if you like – for documenting these tasks to get them out of your head. I agree and have done this most of my working life. Check out David's book, it's really worth the read!