Quote by David Allen - Deepstash

Keep reading for FREE

David Allen

Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.



219 reads


Embrace a growth mindset

Embrace a growth mindset

There are many ways we can embrace personal and professional development at work. Reading books, peer learning/sharing, personal reflection, asking questions when in doubt… These are just a few examples. 


188 reads

Use a not-to-do list to avoid distractions

Ask yourself this questions: What usually distracts you from doing your important tasks? Mindless snacking? Social media? Web browsing? News reading? A chat with your colleagues? Add them to your not to do list. 


175 reads

Work without digital distractions

You need to build your focus muscle by making it a habit to turn off notifications during most of your workday. Just like you should schedule email time, consider checking your communication apps only twice a day...


247 reads

Train your focus muscle

Dealing with distraction is only part of the equation. The ability to focus is a must-have work habit for elite performers. 


278 reads

Eat that frog!

Spend 80% of your time doing 20% of the work that produces 80% of the results


407 reads

Set up your smartphone to work for you, not against you!

Chances are that most (if not all) our favorite distractions are right at our fingertip these days. Another good work habit to have is to set up your phone to work for you, instead of against you.


372 reads

Schedule the priority

Most people prioritize tasks on their schedule when in fact, a better way is to schedule your priority. The things on your schedules are usually someone else’s priority, not yours.


244 reads

Stand up for work that matters

Not only will this make you happy but also achieve better for the business you work for.


436 reads

Own your work

Even if you work for others, do it as if it is your own business. Talk to your clients the same way your boss would do, when he’s at his best.


608 reads

Master time management

Effective time management is a crucial work habit to have for elite performers. Their working hours are usually planned.


216 reads

Review your performance

Daily and weekly reviews are necessary for continuous improvement and expert performance.


171 reads

Become indistractable

Research found that almost half of our interruptions are self-initiated, so it's important to note it, name it, and nail it.


291 reads


We don’t rise to our level of expectations; we fall to the level of our training.



256 reads

Use a to-do list

All of us plan and prioritize all the time, but it is better to get our tasks off our head.


198 reads

Be well organized

If you are not well organized, it makes it difficult to find the focus necessary to produce the quality outcome you desire.


202 reads

Practice meditation and mindfulness

Without proper rest and recovery, you can’t perform at your best. Meditation relaxes your mind and body. Research shows that when our brain is resting, it engages its “default network” to continue problem-solving, examine possibilities, and look for relevant information.


153 reads

Master the tools necessary to perform

Different careers need different tools so master the tools you need for your work. Knowing how to use them can get you by, but mastering those tools will let you optimize your performance.


232 reads




Productivity coach, life-long learner

I wrote the article a while ago. I've now hand-picked 18 of them and hope that you will find them helpful! Do let me know what you think I should add to the list! Happy Stashing!


David Allen

“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”



Being overwhelmed goes hand in hand with having a mind full of complicated thoughts and chaos. David Allen reminds us, "Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them." 

Are you willing to make your life simpler? Are you willing to make your mind simple, and approach the things in y...

2.Capture the habit.

2.Capture the habit.

"Our brain is for meant having ideas, not for storing them"

Capture any idea wherever you are because your brain is not going to hold it for much time. You can record the voice message if you are busy doing other things. 

Ready for the next level?

Read Like a Pro


Explore the World’s

Best Ideas

200,000+ ideas on pretty much any topic. Created by the smartest people around & well-organized so you can explore at will.

An Idea for Everything

Explore the biggest library of insights. And we've infused it with powerful filtering tools so you can easily find what you need.

Knowledge Library

Powerful Saving & Organizational Tools

Save ideas for later reading, for personalized stashes, or for remembering it later.

# Personal Growth

Take Your Ideas


Organize your ideas & listen on the go. And with Pro, there are no limits.

Listen on the go

Just press play and we take care of the words.

Never worry about spotty connections

No Internet access? No problem. Within the mobile app, all your ideas are available, even when offline.

Get Organized with Stashes

Ideas for your next work project? Quotes that inspire you? Put them in the right place so you never lose them.


2 Million Stashers



5,740 Reviews

App Store



72,690 Reviews

Google Play

Shankul Varada

Best app ever! You heard it right. This app has helped me get back on my quest to get things done while equipping myself with knowledge everyday.


Don’t look further if you love learning new things. A refreshing concept that provides quick ideas for busy thought leaders.

Ashley Anthony

This app is LOADED with RELEVANT, HELPFUL, AND EDUCATIONAL material. It is creatively intellectual, yet minimal enough to not overstimulate and create a learning block. I am exceptionally impressed with this app!

Sean Green

Great interesting short snippets of informative articles. Highly recommended to anyone who loves information and lacks patience.

Laetitia Berton

I have only been using it for a few days now, but I have found answers to questions I had never consciously formulated, or to problems I face everyday at work or at home. I wish I had found this earlier, highly recommended!

Giovanna Scalzone

Brilliant. It feels fresh and encouraging. So many interesting pieces of information that are just enough to absorb and apply. So happy I found this.

Ghazala Begum

Even five minutes a day will improve your thinking. I've come across new ideas and learnt to improve existing ways to become more motivated, confident and happier.

Jamyson Haug

Great for quick bits of information and interesting ideas around whatever topics you are interested in. Visually, it looks great as well.

Read & Learn

20x Faster





Access to 200,000+ ideas

Access to the mobile app

Unlimited idea saving & library

Unlimited history

Unlimited listening to ideas

Downloading & offline access

Personalized recommendations


Claim Your Limited Offer

Get Deepstash Pro