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It's January and that means it's time for a BRAIN DUMP!
A Brain Dump is a fun use of the word "dump" and it's something I learned from fitness expert and motivational speaker, Chalene Johnson. And you don't get to have 2 titles like that without knowing your shit. I listen to her podcasts regularly and I am going to share with you one of the productivity exercises she discusses over and over again: The Brain Dump. Say "dump" again.
WHAT IS A BRAIN DUMP?
A brain dump is a collection of all the random things that float around in your head from time to time that make you think "I need to do that soon and I should probably write this down". That collection is then put into a list form of actionable steps that you will keep on your person and refer to multiple times a day.
Actionable: A task that can realistically be accomplished in 10 minutes.
WHY A BRAIN DUMP?
A Brain Dump is a necessary tool, especially during times of resurgence like after the New Year, after you get fired, after you get dumped, after you realize you gained 15+ pounds since your last check up at the doctor, etc. It's different from a To-Do list in that it covers a much broader range of things you need to accomplish and over a longer period of time. The best part of a Brain Dump is that once it's on paper, it's like you have freed up disk space in your head and you become more calm. You no longer have to feel the crushing weight of anxiety of all the things you need to get done! Neat-o!
HOW TO DUMP YOUR BRAIN
Friends, it's time to find a quiet place to sit uninterrupted for 20 to 45 minutes. It doesn't have to be now, but perhaps block out some space this weekend. Get out a pen that writes really well and a note pad that you love. You can also download my Brain Dump sheets at the end of this blog post. It's pretty and I like it so yeah.
*TIP* It's a good idea to be thinking about your overall purpose or current goal when writing out your Brain Dump. Mine is turning this blog into a personal resource for other designers and young entrepreneurs. A place where you can learn something AND get to know me.
Sometimes when I am about to sit down and take a big fat Brain Dump, my brain is buzzing with all these things I know I need to do. Other times, I have no idea where to start and it's more like a bunch of Brain Farts and no Dump. I am not apologizing for any of this. So what do you when you're constipated? Drink water, eat fiber, go for a run. Oh, Brain Constipated? Well, you focus on an area of your life that needs improvement and start going to town on all the things you can do to make it better. My downloadable sheets cover various topics and you are free to print all or only the ones that pertain to you.
HEALTH + WELLNESS
MISCELLANEOUS (Think: Auto, Tech, Kids, Pets, Gifts, Etc)
*TIP* When I am organizing or cleaning a room, I will leave out a pen and a piece of paper. If I come across an item that needs repair, is missing a part, needs to be replaced, needs to be updated, etc, I write that down. Other times, you may see a sweater that you borrowed from your friend and realize that her birthday is in 2 weeks and that reminds you to donate to Planned Parenthood in her honor. Or you could get her a different gift, idk it's up to you. My point is that reminders of things you need to do can come from surprising places.
HOW TO USE YOUR BRAIN DUMP
Now that your list is so long and so specific that it is sickening, you are ready to start your new life! Ok, almost. Keep this list with you or in a place that you always visit at least once in the morning and once in the evening. You're going to wake up tomorrow, look at your list, and pick a few things that you are going to get done that day.
If you work for yourself, you should do a second Brain Dump that is specific to your business and use that as a guide to fill your days.
If you work anywhere else, you will need to use any available free time to get those few 10-minute tasks done. I know you can. If you can scroll through Instagram, you can send a follow up email or watch a YouTube video on how to take better photos.
Now I must ask for a blood sacrifice in exchange for my Brain Dump. If you feel uncomfortable with that, your name and email will suffice.