If you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out because you want to accomplish all of the things but you have too many things on your brain, this is the perfect blog post for you!
What Exactly is A Brain Dump?!
Well let me first start by saying this is NOT something that I came up with on my own! I learned this amazing technique from the blogger Brighton Keller. Click here if you want to read all about her blog post on brain dumping and why it inspired me to do this.
Brain dumping is writing every single thing in your brain down on paper, and mentally releasing the stress it’s causing. Every task, errand, event, birthday, anniversary, chores, worries, insecurities, fears, you are literally going to write EVERY SINGLE THING DOWN!! Our brains are constantly storing all of the little tasks and worries and this can easily become overwhelming.
When Should I Brain Dump?
If you are reading this and you are feeling stressed out and unmotivated because you have a million things on your brain and you literally could cry, RIGHT NOW is a great time to brain dump! Just last week I was at work and I couldn’t focus because I was feeling SO overwhelmed while watching the work at my desk pile up. So I spent my lunch hour brain dumping and I immediately felt better. I would suggest brain dumping at least once a week to really set the tone for a positive week. But if you can’t commit to once a week, do it as soon as you start feeling overwhelmed. I promise this will alleviate some stress!
Why Should I Brain Dump?
I recommend doing a brain dump because I deal with anxiety and this has helped me tremendously. This is also a great way to organize and prioritize your life. I have found that it is incredibly hard to accomplish anything without having a plan.
How Exactly Do I Brain Dump?
Pull out a notebook or piece of paper and start writing EVERYTHING DOWN!!! Tasks, errands, worries, fears, negative self talk, events, dreams, goals, literally any and everything!! Once you are done, walk away and feel good about getting everything OFF your brain. Stay close to your brain dump just in case lingering thoughts come up that you need to write down. Set aside a day and time to do the next steps. This is pretty important. It’s nice to have everything off your brain, but like I said before, it’s hard to accomplish anything without a plan.
How To Organize Your Brain Dump!
Okay this is probably one of my favorite parts because I LOVE checklists! Once you are feeling relaxed, grab another piece of paper and list out categories to organize your brain dump. My categories usually consist of home, personal, errands, blog/YouTube, work, and prayer list. My Home category consist of any chores I need to do around the house, Personal is scheduling appointments or doing some self care, Errands are usually grocery shopping or dropping off a package, Blog/YouTube would be creating content to post, Work is normally going through my emails at work that I have been procrastinating on, and my favorite twist the PRAYER LIST. I made this part up and I absolutely love it! I make a prayer list of any worries, negative self talk, fears that I may have, and anything that I am feeling ungrateful for, like my job or the season of life that I am currently in. It’s great to pray over the things that are bothering you so God can replace it with peace.
Now Put Your Brain Dump Into Action!
Now that you have your brain dumped and organized, let’s put it all into action!! Conquer the easiest steps first to feel accomplished. Maybe you do your laundry, write out a grocery list, clean your room, or answer a few emails. Whatever it is, just DO IT! You will feel so good having a few things knocked off your list. As for everything else, find a time and place where you can get it done and schedule it! Make sure you find a time to do it, so that it doesn’t just fall back into your brain as a stress factor. Lastly, before you go to bed, take a look at your prayer list and spend some time with God. Whatever it is that is bothering you, give it to Him! This will have such a huge impact on your life!
Final Encouraging Thoughts!
I know this may sound like a ton of work but PLEASE don’t be discouraged! I promise this method will help alleviate some stress. I recommend leaving a notepad and pen by your bed and on your desk at work. Jot things down whenever necessary to get it off your brain! Try to brain dump weekly to clear your brain and get ready for the week! I am going to try to do this every Sunday night! Remember, brain dump and then take a break, and then go back to organize your brain dump once you are relaxed!
I hope this post was as helpful to you as it was to me! Leave a comment below if you have any thoughts or suggestions! Tag me on IG so I can see your brain dump, have a blessed day!