Do you ever feel like there’s just too much going on in your head? I think that everyone feels like that some days, I know that I do!
When you feel this way, everything can seem overwhelming making it difficult to focus and know where to start.
I’ve found that a great tool to help me focus and get things done is to ‘brain dump’. A ‘brain dump’ is a highly effective productivity tool that gets everything out of your head and onto paper. If you’ve never tried this, GIVE IT A TRY!
Brain Dump? What’s That?
When you get overwhelmed and can’t figure out where to start, you can end up unable to make effective decisions. That just leaves you stressed all of the time and feeling like you’re wasting time instead of actually doing something productive. This is usually the perfect time to try this technique.
Brain dumping is a silly name for the highly effective method of clearing your mind. This helps you to focus on what’s important, see what’s troubling you, and live your best possible life.
This method may be especially effective for you if:
- Your to-do list has gotten so long that you’re ready to give up.
- You’re feeling stressed because you’re being pulled in too many directions.
- You seem to have one really busy week after another with no break in sight.
Sound like you? Let’s crack your productivity code!
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What Tools Do You Need?
This is a simple process that can be done with just a Notebook, pen, and highlighters or markers. I like using a planner and Notebook because I can translate my thoughts right into Actionable Lists, Timelines, and ‘Feelings to Explore’.
Ok, let’s go!
What Do I Do?
First, don’t think too much about what you’re doing. Don’t try to write neatly, in complete sentences or stop and think too much. Just write everything and anything that’s on your mind.
Your original list won’t be organized, neat, or pretty. That’s okay, we’ll come back to that later. The important thing right now is to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper.
Organize Your List
Now, it’s time to sort your list, into 3 categories; Actionable Lists, Timelines, and ‘Feelings to Explore’ (this is where the highlighters or markers come in handy).
Next, look at your list. Categories will jump out at you like: work tasks, home maintenance, for the kids, etc. assign each a color and priority. Now, re-write your lists in a neat and orderly fashion on a new page in your notes or Notebook. Cross off each item from the brain dump as you go.
Once that’s done, I pick the time sensitive items and plug those into my planner first. Sometimes I use a project planner page to establish a time line.
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Now Get To Work
As you check off each task on your list, you move closer to your goals. This leads to a happier, less stressed, more productive version of yourself. And that’s another step toward leading your best life and being the best possible version of yourself.
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Have a Great Day,
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