Lessons learned from… index cards.

Almost a year ago, I took David Allen’s advice and started organizing.  Organizing everything.  It started with all my files, bits of paper and random “to-dos” that were floating in my head.   Following Allen’s simple GTD model, I spent a weekend getting all the junk into order.  And then a funny thing happened.  I started to fill my (now empty) mind with new thoughts.  New to dos, new concepts and new pieces of ideas.  So I started writing those down to, filing them away into my new filing system.  And the thoughts kept coming.

I’d heard the expression, “nature abhors a vacuum”, but I’d never appreciated the value that law could have, if managed properly.  Now, I carry 3″ x 5″ index cards and a pen with me everywhere I go.  With my mind clear of mundane to do’s (thanks to the robust GTD program), I find new ideas flooding my brain on a regular basis.  I write them down, I file them away, and I move on with my day – each day developing new and exciting thoughts I never would have had room for were my head still filled with “pick up dry cleaning”.  Index cards could very well be responsible for the ideation and execution of my next million dollar idea.  At $1 for 100 of them, that seems like a pretty good investment.

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