Writing to Forget

I haven’t been writing much as of late — at least not publicly. I have been spending most of my writing time capturing ideas for future posts (or ideas for other writing projects). Right now I’m facing a ton of low energy due to travel and workshops I’m facilitating, so when something I want to write comes to me I am capturing it in Drafts or on paper, and then will deal with it accordingly when the time comes.

I’m also journaling a bit more as of late, just to keep my head in a better state of mindfulness during my travels. After all, I’m spending more time away from home than usual so I need to have some sort of touchstone to my most comfortable place to be: home.

The great thing about building and maintaining the habit of capturing is that it really does get you into a state that allows for better focus. Most people think that capturing things is a means of writing to remember. But I’m not so sure it’s that cut and dried.

In fact, I think of it more as a means of writing to forget because I can trust that I’ve gotten it down and can forget it, allowing me to work on what needs doing now. Capturing is key because it not only allows you to write to forget, but it fills up the well of what needs reviewing later. You can’t have a trustworthy review process until you have a trustworthy capture process.

So while I’m not writing a lot right now, I’m glad that I’ve built up that habit so whatever I do write can be forgotten until I need to call upon it.

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