You know when you can’t shut your mind off as soon as you lay down in bed?
Or when someone’s talking to you and you realise you’re running through a list of things in your mind?
Yep that means it’s time for a brain-dump.
The best way to free up mental space is to declutter your mental desk. We do that by brain-dumping regularly.
I know I need to do one when I realise, I can’t make a decision. Everything is SO much easier when your mind isn’t so cluttered.
Struggling to know what to prioritise? Yep that means it’s time for a mental clear our Kon Mari style!
To do a brain dump all you need to do is get a piece of paper (personal preference but I prefer to do brain dumps by hand) and then take yourself somewhere distraction free and write down every single thing that’s on your mind.
What do you want to do? What do you have to do? What would be fab to do? Keep writing.
Work things. Personal things. Family things.
When you think you’ve finished ask yourself “What else?”
You want to get every little thing out of your mind. You don’t realise how much it’s impacting you.
For me this is a huge relief - trying to remember all that stuff as well as run your business etc is hard work
The more you can extract from your mind the more amazing you will feel afterwards.
You may end up with hundreds of things on your brain dump – and all that stuff was cluttering up your mind......
No wonder you feel overwhelmed most of the time!
It doesn’t matter how you do it – what’s important is that you do it regularly.
You might be a more visual person so creating mind maps might work better for you. Here’s my top tips for a successful brain dump:
Step 1 – Schedule in an appropriate time in the calendar when you know you won’t get interrupted. Yes, schedule it in – it’s that important.
Step 2 – Grab some coloured pens, a notepad and your favourite drink. Turn off all notifications (FB / email / phone) so you don’t get distracted mid brain-dump.
Step 3 – Start by going through different areas of your life, writing down everything that comes to mind.
Write down every single task that comes to mind for that topic and once you have exhausted that area, move on to the next.
Some of the areas you may work though include:
The purpose of this task is to get everything out of your head – your mind is powerful - but not so much when it is full!
It’s not easy to be productive when you have all this stuff going around in your mind.
Step 4 – Relax knowing that you have captured everything you need to do; you can now let go of the stress surrounding these tasks. It’s important to let go of these things now they are written down.
Give this exercise a go and see what impact it has. Make sure to write down every single task, big or small from buy milk to phone your friend....
How often should I brain-dump?
It’s up to you. If you haven’t done one for a while, then I suggest you make time in the next few days to declutter that mind.
You can also treat yourself to one whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed or drowning in the lists and tasks running through your mind.
You could also do one if you are feeling stuck with a problem or issue. Creating space makes it easier to make prompt, decisive decisions.
If you’re struggling to sleep, then do a quick brain dump before bed each evening.