Not long ago we came back home after a one-month vacation. The experience was valuable to us and we all enjoyed quality time together as a family.
Coming back after the vacation, there were a lot of things pending to do—my work, my daughter’s activities, running errands, doing chores, etc.
What I want to say is there were millions of things in my head at that time. I started feeling overwhelmed. I couldn’t focus and lack the motivation to move on.
I wanted to free up my mind. While you guys do spring-clean the house, I felt like I was urged to spring-clean my mind too.
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Declutter Your Mind with a Brain Dump
I immediately grabbed a notebook and wrote everything down. It’s so-called a brain dump. Dumping a to-do list, ideas and thoughts on the paper.
Doing a brain dump helps me to get back on track. It’s one of the most powerful techniques to free up mental space. It helps me to feel calmer and less stressed.
How to do a brain dump?
- Write down everything that you’re thinking about you have to do, you need to do, and that you plan to do.
- Feel free to write down anything and everything on your mind, random thoughts and ideas.
- No need to be organized when brain dumping.
- Once everything is on paper, it’s time to organize the list.
- You then need to start a new page to make a list and schedule.
- I like to do it in my Bullet Journal; maybe you prefer to do it on Apps. Do whatever you like to make it easier for yourself.
- Organize and prioritize the to-do list. Anything that needs to get done today, this week or this month. Make them the lists and put them on your schedule.
- No more overwhelming because you can now focus on the things that need to do in your time frame.
I love brain dumping and usually do it once a week. Getting the thoughts out of the head on the paper helps me to gain clarity. Mental clutter just like physical clutter can cause stress and procrastination.
Clear the mental clutter from my mind helps to relieve stress and get back my energy. Brain dumping helps me to improve concentration, become calmer and be more productive.
I believe while there are many useful ways to de-stress your mind and relax your body, dumping your thoughts and worries out onto paper is one of the most effective ways to calm your mind.
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Do you write down your lists on paper when you feel overwhelmed? Or using an app to help you out? Please share in the comments.