Want to be more organized, creative and in touch with your inner thoughts and feelings? Start your day with a “brain dump”.
I first saw this concept in an article about journaling your life and decided to try it myself. The basic idea is to write down whatever comes to mind the very first thing in the morning before you do anything else (no coffee, email, talking to anyone else beforehand). It even helps to journal in dim lighting to avoid fully waking up.
When you are writing, don’t worry about grammar or even making sense, just write what comes to mind as it comes to mind. (This is called “stream of consciousness” writing.) I like to make a column on the right side of the page to list things that need to be done, then in the center of the page I write my dreams from the night before, ideas that I have or things that I am concerned about and want to pray through.
Whatever is on my mind gets written on that paper.
In the past few years my brain dump has transitioned into “morning pages” from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I write without stopping until I have reached the end of three 8.5 x 11 inch pages. It’s amazing how many epiphany moments I’ve had toward the end of that third page!
I don’t know what the magic is, but it works, BUT don’t let this seemingly daunting task prevent you from starting a morning brain dump. Even three minutes of journaling can help you be more focused and calm for your day.
As I’ve committed to doing a morning “brain dump” on a regular basis, I’ve discovered a couple of things:
- My most creative ideas come during this time;
- I’m much more in touch with my feelings, concerns and anxieties, and I can address them rather than letting them “stew” beneath the surface.
Once I feel that I’ve “dumped” everything, I make a plan for my day by listing tasks by priority. (You can take a look at my Weekly Plans here and all of my FREE Printable Planners here to help with this.)
I’ve found that I am much more creative and productive on the days that I use this organizational method, and I actually miss it when I fail to do it first thing. If you decide to start doing a daily “brain dump”, let me know how it goes for you.
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