I'm particularly bad about rabbit trail thinking. I'll see one of my random notes and think of something else similar and then wonder about another thing, and so on. Some of my distraction hazards I've identified:
- Lists, ideas, notes, etc. that aren't near-term to-do's
- Stuff that is out of context (e.g., home stuff in my work planner)
There is a time to refer to these other items, but since I don't review every single 'warehouse' item every single day, having them taking up space in my main planner causes me a loss of focus. Instead, having them organized into another separate binder or digital warehouse is part of my trusted system.
Keeping these additional items clear from my in-use planner helps me do what I need to first and right now, and with being honest about my priorities.