Having ideas

I found the title of David Allen’s Do Lecture profound: “The mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” The creator of the Getting Things Done system argues that our minds are overburdened when they try to capture and memorise our duties, our obligations, the things we should and must do. As an alternative, Allen proposes the creation of systems that unburden the mind and allow us to be more creative by outsourcing storage and management to an exterior system or set of processes.

I’ve taken this idea and implemented it in my own way, and one peculiar implementation is this blog. I originally thought that it would serve primarily as a way to build an audience, to manufacture a reputation. It didn’t turn out that way. Instead, it has turned into a second mind. Authoring it is a generative practice. It allows me to think things and have ideas that I never would have otherwise. The observations and speculations it contains are of minor importance because it’s very existence gives me a reason to look, to see, to ask and to wonder.