David Allen mentions in his new book that he writes thoughts out. The "Cognitive Distribution" from the array of thoughts passing by in the mind to writing them out helps us as humans to actually GTD.
It was interesting that I heard of this tip before reading DA's new book Making It All Work and when I heard him mention it I was like, "Ahh!!!"
Well he mentioned something I heard also in passing. That for his personal life and things he needs/wants to do in regards to say Family, Friends, Etc...he writes using a pen and paper. He mentions he's gone as far as to carry around a personal leather bound journal...but as for the work related stuff he says typing it out in a word processor in the beginning of the day is enough for him.
So here I am wondering if you do this at all to any degree?
Personally I've found writing thoughts out and what I plan to accomplish for the day helps out big time...but don't do it everyday. Though i'd like to.
I'm running on a Mac, using MacJournal in attempts to write out thoughts, both work and personal but truth be told I hardly touch the application. I do however notice if I'm bored in class or have time to kill at a Starbucks i'll grab the nearest pen and paper and just write away. Admittedly I enjoy typing more so than writing by hand as its quicker but pen and paper seem to have a more permanent effect when it comes down to having a productive day.
Finally I'm wondering if you keep your writings. See, if one day you're in front of your desk and decide to write out thoughts and just things on your mind...and hopefully it gets done and goes as planned....what need do you have for that piece of paper even just a week later? For personal writings i'd understand, though personally mainly only if it was in a journal or notebook and not just a torn random sheet of paper...
...but rather than me ranting, i'm seriously curious about others thoughts on all this.