Overtaxed by all the unfinished tasks hanging over you? There is a solution | Oliver Burkeman - Deepstash
Overtaxed by all the unfinished tasks hanging over you? There is a solution | Oliver Burkeman

Overtaxed by all the unfinished tasks hanging over you? There is a solution | Oliver Burkeman

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Feeling overwhelmed by unfinished tasks

Feeling overwhelmed by unfinished tasks

We often feel overwhelmed when we have too many tasks floating around in our heads. One way to calm that feeling of anxiety is to follow productivity guru David Allen's advice: You really should capture your open loops.

An open loop is any kind of commitment or task that's hanging around your life, but you haven't been able to deal with it. The birthday gift you need to send, that idea you had about a community garden, your desire to visit the pyramids.

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Closing open loops

Select an app, or open a text file, or use a physical notebook, and dump every open loop that you can think of in one place, not in multiple apps. Add new items as soon as they float into your mind.

The payoff is that you won't have to obtain all your peace of mind from completing every item on the list, as the list is certainly too much for one person to handle. Faithfully capturing open loops will bring an instant dose of relief.

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Your brain struggles to store open loops

Open loops act as a drag on your attention. It pops up at the wrong time, or leave you worried that there's something you're forgetting.

If you store them somewhere else, then your brain can stop struggling to keep them, and you'll find yourself more focused and relaxed, even if you have not finished any of the tasks.

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