Iceboxing ideas is an effective way to reduce resistance to improving focus in a body of work.

Editing ideas into separate storage or documents lets one move on from them more easily than destroying them outright, even knowing full well that the parking lot being used will never actually be consulted again.rA2 Project plans that will never actually be done are also distracting noise, often with stakeholders having already invested something into their definitions or at least outcomes. People will more easily accept tossing it into a meaningless someday/maybe pile than an outright “no”. People overvalue what they have and revile wasted effort which requires workarounds such as this, though those effects can be combatted directly in different ways also.

  1. Sönke Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking: For Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers (North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2017). (See notes.)