Author Maura Thomas gives some great advice on controlling the mental chatter in our heads that creates stress and distraction. Most people are not very good at keeping track of all of the details. We write stuff down, but we write it down in various places: a notebook, sticky notes, flagged in email, or on the dry erase board in the office. We end up having all these bits of information swirling around in our heads and scattered in a million different places all at the same time. It’s a system that feels productive, but it isn’t because when it’s time to retrieve or access the specific information we’re in a frenzy trying to figure out where to look.