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Hello all. I have been snooping around 43F for the past month or so after hearing and reading about GTD, and have been looking for a productivity community that might be able to help me. I'm a student working on my undergraduate degree, and I've noticed that my work habits are less optimal than desired, even when I get myself out of the house and go to an area where I can study (a coffee house, which does not have the sleep inducing characteristics of a desolate library, nor the temptation to talk to others). One problem I've noticed is that I tend to daydream quite a bit. Usually, when this is an "open loop," I just write it down and get it off my mind, even if it is something as mundane as "watch The Office while cleaning room tonight." The problem is how to deal with non-academic thoughts that occupy my mind, which cannot be added to some sort of project/action/to do list (such as when I've replayed a conversation I had earlier that day).

Any insights?

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I have similar things happen,...

I have similar things happen, and I'm with noodle on this - If it's on your mind, write it down (as you said), then try getting back to work. You can deal with it at processing/organizing time. At that time, think carefully about why it was coming to you - there must be something unresolved about it, e.g., an anxiety, concern, excitement, etc.

The problem then becomes what to do about it. Sometimes it's as simple as putting it in your someday/maybe folder. However, somethings need action to get out of your head, even when you don't *want* to act on them. In that case, you might have to get creative to figure out an action, e.g., maybe visualize the conversation you're re-thinking, have it turn out differently in your mind, etc.




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