Throw It Out
Now throw all that thinking out. That’s right. Get a big trashcan and start tossing out your writing. A new study from Ohio State University and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain, published in Psychological Study, found that when a person writes an unwanted thought down on paper and throws the paper away, he or she mentally discards the thought. Conversely, when a person writes down a thought and puts the paper in his or her pocket—or hangs on to the thought in any way--the person is much more likely to use the thought when making judgments.