[No.2 in a series of posts taken directly from David Allen’s Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Getting Things Done]
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. – Albert Einstein

“Stress comes from unkept agreements with yourself. You can relieve that stress only by canceling the agreement, keeping the agreement, or renegotiating it. But you can’t renegotiate agreements with yourself that you forgot you made. Because psychic RAM has no sense of past or future, things filed there push on you to be done all the time. They must be made conscious and kept so, to alleviate the pressure.” – David Allen

It’s there, isn’t it? Floating around in that pool of grey matter in your head. Sure, you aren’t thinking about it now. But trust me, it will come up in your thoughts sooner or later. Something to do with the car maybe? Or was it something your manager asked you to do? We have limited capacity to store things in our conscious thoughts, what Allen terms “psychic RAM” making the analogy to computer RAM. The key to “knowing what you’re not doing” is to capture it somewhere and then be sure to review it. When you review it you is when you can renegotiate it. If you don’t trust that the “it” is somewhere and you’ll be able to review it and renegotiate it – you will feel stress. – Gary