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Sometimes life just feels crazy. As I type this, we are in the midst of a summer full of back to back to back to back trips.
When we made our summer plans, somehow we didn’t realize that we scheduled so much time away for various conferences, family events, and vacations, but it has been a little nuts to say the least.
I am definitely not complaining at all. It has been so fun to spend time with my boys, visit with blog friends, and get good quality time with family. This summer has been a fun adventure, truly.
But quite honestly, with trying to juggle work and life, there have been a few nights where I’ve had trouble sleeping because all of the little details and “to dos” have been swirling around in my head, and I’m afraid I’m going to forget something important.
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The Brain Dump Method of Productivity
I was tired of losing sleep, so I came up with a super simple solution: the brain dump. Before I went to bed at night, I took out one of my blank notes printables, divided it into categories, and wrote down everything I could think of that I needed to do in each category.
I love having one place where I can see everything I need to do, and it gives me peace of mind that I won’t forget anything. (And I am able to sleep better too!)
It would usually take me a few days to work through everything on my list. Then when I had completed all of the tasks, I would do another brain dump and start the process over again.
What is a brain dump list?
A brain dump list is simply where we dump everything out of our brains onto a piece of paper in order to prioritize our tasks. It’s funny how many little tasks that may be simple and easy clutter our thought process leaving us feeling overwhelmed!
There’s no right or wrong way to make the list. Personally, I like creating categories, then listing each task underneath. From there, I can number my tasks to prioritize them if I want, making it easy to decide what to tackle first.
The whole purpose of this method is to decrease stress and become more productive. That’s why I only take 10 to 15 minutes to make my list.
What happens after the brain dump?
Now it’s time decide when and how I’ll complete my tasks. This may look different depending on what the brain dump is for.
When the items on my list are work related, deadlines may organize the importance of tasks.
If the items on my list are related to my home life and kids’ schedules, it may be best to transfer specific dates and times to a planner, then knock out the to-dos one by one.
When it comes to vacations, packing can be overwhelming, so the brain dump could be used to double check that we don’t miss anything before pulling out of the driveway.
Break down the bigger brain dump into shorter lists.
While us supermoms all deserve a cape, sometimes there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done.
So instead of making an über-long daily list that we all know will never get completed, I like to choose 5 to 7 tasks to tackle each day. To our brains, this is far more manageable. We also get validation when we check these things off compared to the disappointment we may feel looking at an uncompleted list.
Delegate and Declutter
Once the list is categorized, determine if there are any pressing tasks that someone else can help with. For simple household chores, kids can pitch in! When it comes to transportation, is your spouse or a grandparent able to help to taxi the kids back and forth?
We can also declutter our list. Not everything we feel like we should do always has to get done right now. Are there items that aren’t urgent and can be removed from our list for the moment?
Maybe there are things that others want us to do for them that we really don’t have time for in this season. Those are things we can politely decline to make more time for the things that truly matter to us. They can then be removed from our list as well.
This method so simple, but it was truly has been one of the most helpful tools to get me through this period of craziness!
If you want to give the brain dump method a try, I’m giving you the pretty printable that I used to make my lists– for free, of course! You can snag it below:
I hope the brain dump method will help you organize your thoughts, prioritize your tasks, and accomplish more in your days. You’ve got this!
The Brain Dump Method of Productivity: Frequently Asked Questions
Are you a list maker? Or do you prefer just to wing it? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy planning, friends!