Seriously, do you know the benefits of a good brain dump?
First, to be sure you and I are on the same page, a brain dump is a way of extracting all of the “clutter” rolling around in your head.
How exactly is this done? Glad you asked.
It’s pretty simple actually, but not always easy.
Why? Because you and I like to overthink things and start stressing about what others may think if they saw our brain dump! (sad, but true – amiright?)
If you’ve been following me for any length of time you know that I write about goals A LOT. Not just about them, but achieving them.
Think of this as another one of my methods to help you to that end…achieving your goal!
Good information isn’t the problem.
However, sorting and applying all of that information can (and often does) derail our goal achieving train faster than we can cry, “all aboard!”.
Most of us can rattle off our goals and plans like they were the lyrics to our favorite song, but not many of us could show you where we have them written down.
What’s the #1 rule in goal planning?
Write. It. Down. (ding! that is correct!)
Why is that such a big deal?
Well, here are a few reasons why it benefits you to write down your goal:
- improves your recall
* ever write down a grocery store list and never even have to use it because you remember it your mind’s eye – like you can actually picture the list without even looking at it. That’s recall.
- seeing your goal improves your chances of actually achieving it (by like 42%!)
*maybe your chances improve because you already took an action step – you wrote it down!
- your brain protects the familiar
* so when it’s time for fight or flight what do you think your brain will gravitate?
So you may be wondering where the brain dump benefits come in to this “lesson”.
Brain dump benefits:
physical lists are easier to manage than mental lists
frees up space in your head
takes away the feeling of overwhelm
Want to start brain dumping?
Grab a blank piece of paper. (so hard, I know – but I have confidence in you)
Create space for what I call your 4 F’s (you can read about those HERE)
Post-It version in case you didn’t click the link:
Family/Friends (your relationships)
Faith (your beliefs)
Fuel (your passions, mission/dream)
Look at the next 4 weeks (aka 30 days) and brain dump all that’s happening and put each in a category from above.
Decide the TOP 3 you will prioritize focus on in the next 30 days. (ideally 1-2, but no more than 3…really!)
The rest get a future 30 days (could be the next 30 or further down the line, you decide)
Listen, we are all rockstars at being busy, but when was the last time you were actually intentionally productive?
Try this 30-day at a time brain dump method and see where you are in 30 days. What do you have to lose? What do you have to gain?
Can you imagine what some of your 4F’s could look like 90 days from now if you practiced this method 3 times in a row?
I just ask that you keep progress in mind, it’s not about our “perfectly executed plan” but the progress we make while being flexible about the methods we use to achieve the plan!
Flexing the brain dump method every 30 days right there with ya,
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