I experience this so often - most acutely on the weekend when I am trying to spend time with the kid and the wife but I know I need to do some other things... Writing those things down doesn't relax me in those cases - although I'd certainly be even less relaxed if I hadn't written them down on a system I trust.
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Your mind keeps reminding you of things when you can't do anything about them ... As soon as you tell yourself that you might need to do something, ... there's a part of you that thinks you should be doing that something all the time. Everything you've told yourself you ought to do, it thinks you should be doing right now.
Welcome to ... "knowledge work," ... you have to think about your stuff more than you realize but not as much as you're afraid you might. ... Peter Drucker wrote: "In knowledge work ... the task is not given; it has to be determined. 'What are the expected results from this work?' is ... the key question ... There is usuall no right answer; there are choices instead." ... We're never really taught that we have to think about our work before we can do it ... Thinking in a concentrated manner to define desired outcomes and requisite next actions is something few people feel they have to do (until they have to),
This is something that really surprised me when I first started a career after college. I was surprised. I still regularly try to explain this feeling to newcomers - I typically lump it in with the personal quality of "taking initiative". It's interesting to me that here it's defined without that word - and that it's intrinsic to all knowledge work.
Entertaining look at some of the first settlers moving out west under the umbrella of the US government. Among the many important historical milestones they achieve - first US states to ban slavery completely, first US states to be created after the revolution.
This book is about some of the critical periods and works right after the US revolution - but it's a story few have heard. It gives me new respect and understanding for Ohio, and some of the smallest towns there whose founders steered us to the country we enjoy today.