May 28, 2020
Jasmine… my brain is cluttered! Help!
Ijaidjfiajfioajfoijadiofjdsiofjaeiofjdiojfaiojfaiojfaj…Does your brain currently or ever feel like this?
Yea, I know! I know! We all have been there before. To be honest, many of us may feel this way on a daily basis. And that’s what I want to talk to you about today! A daily brain dump and the impact that it has on our mental state, focus, sleep, patience, and productivity.
WHAT IS A BRAIN DUMP?
A brain dump is simply getting everything out of your brain and onto paper. I know, some days you may feel like Superwoman and can manage everything from your mind. But why do that when you don’t have to?
All that you need to complete your brain dump is a notebook/piece of paper and a writing utensil.
HOW WILL THIS HELP ME?
When your brain is overwhelmed, it is truly hard to focus. I know for me in the mornings when I’m having my quiet time, I’m sometimes thinking of things that I don’t want to forget. When that happens, that means that I need to do a brain dump. Another thing that an overwhelmed brain can impact is your sleep. A racing mind is a definite way to interrupt the ability to go to sleep as well as the quality of sleep. A few other reasons why a brain dump is so important are that it allows you to be present in whatever it is that you are doing, you are more patient with those around you, and you can get more stuff done when you’re able to tackle one thing at a time without the fear of forgetting something.
HOW DO I DO IT?
In order to complete a brain dump, try to go into a quiet place and grab your pen and paper. Start listing the things that you need to do or things that you need to remember. After you’ve done this, it’s important to take the next step! Prioritize those things!
When you think about priority setting, you want to categorize your items by importance. The top priority items are things that are urgent with an immediate deadline or it is something personal and of extreme importance. A good example of this is doing an activity with the kids that you promised, having a date night, or calling and checking on someone who may not be doing well.
Medium priority are things that are important but not urgent. It’s those upcoming deadlines that aren’t right around the corner. Maybe you have a project that is due next month that you want to start doing some research on. It’s important but it’s not as urgent as that project that’s due next week.
Low priority are things that are not important and not urgent. These typs of things can also sometimes be delegated to someone else or pushed off to the next day. It could be something as simple as catching the replay of a show or documentary that you missed. That should not come before important deadlines unless something important is dependent upon it.
I hope that this was helpful and that you enjoyed it! Let me know in the comments if you already utilize brain dumping and how much of a difference it makes for you!
Believer. Wife. Mom. Author. Entrepreneur. Self Care Advocate. Organizational Coach
Jasmine understands the importance of keeping God first and she is an advocate for self care.