Ever feel like your brain is on overload? Our brains are not built to remember all the things we need to organize and take care of on a daily basis. A brain dump is great way to clear your mind and get all those thoughts safely in one spot!
One of our favorite ways to keep track of our giant list of tasks and to-dos is a to-do book! Get more details on my to-do book in this video! This is one of our biggest secrets to success. We highly recommend making a habit of quickly doing a brain dump of all your to-dos every night before you go to bed.
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Once all your to-dos are written down, your mind is FREE. You're not stressing about it all before you go to sleep! Get it all out there so that you can turn your brain off and relax. After sleeping like a baby, you'll be motivated and confident to knock things off that list one by one!
But… what if your mind is racing with more than just to-dos?
That's when it's time for a more intense brain dump to help organize your thoughts. When you're trying to make a big decision or find yourself unfocused, unproductive, anxious, or overwhelmed, it's time to pull out pen and paper.
WHAT IS A BRAIN DUMP?
A brain dump is basically what it sounds like. You grab a journal or notebook and write anything down that's on your mind. Things you need to remember, stressors in your life, a recap of your day, dreams and goals you have, prayers you want to remember, frustrations, motivational notes to yourself, anything!
Doing a brain dump is basically like dumping out your junk drawer. It allows you to look through everything that's been weighing you down in your mind and sort through it in the right way. Once you have it all written down, then the next morning you can put your to-dos in your block schedule and come up with a plan of action for everything else that's weighing on you, whether good or bad.
HOW TO COMPLETE A SUCCESSFUL BRAIN DUMP
The best time to do a brain dump is right before bed. When you to completely get everything off your mind and onto paper, then you can relax with a settled mind and go to sleep. But that doesn't mean that you can't also do one during the day whenever a thought comes into your head you don't want to forget about!
It's as simple as keeping a pad of paper, your to-do book, or our beautiful Productivity Planner around so you can write in it whenever you need to. We suggest keeping it by your bed so it's always handy when it's time to brain dump before bed. You can also carry it around with you if that's more effective to keep up with it during the day.
Where are all of our Type A, super organized Freebs at?! Take your brain dump a step further by using our printable that will help you keep everything organized. It has sections for you to write your dreams, frustrations, ideas, to-dos, and notes to self. You're going to love how simple it makes your brain dump!
TAKE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY UP A NOTCH!
Brain dumps help you be more productive because they allow you to take things off your mind that may distract you and put them into action. If you want even more help with this, be sure to check out Productivity Boot Camp!
It's a super fun online video program that will not only help you get more motivated, but also be more productive during your day! We'll help you make systems to make your daily life run smoother, freeing up your time so you can focus on the things and people that matter most to you. Use the code FCFBLOG for 10% off at checkout!
We really hope that this brain dump is as helpful for you as it is for us! Give it a try, we promise you won't be disappointed. When is your favorite time to do a brain dump? Let us know in the comments!
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Ready? Set. Go brain dump!