Easily my favourite time of the year. I love the clean slate of a new month because it feels like the start of a brand new year. As September is the start of the LAST quarter of the year, it feels like the last hurdle to organise everything ready for January.
I LOVE to geek out over getting the last part of the year organised so that I don’t have a mental breakdown through the Christmas rush (I work in retail, it’s inevitable!).
In order to make sure I am on the top of my ‘Organisation Game’ I like to do a daily brain dump.
What is a brain dump you say?
Ok – so the name isn’t exactly the most flattering thing in the world. No, it’s not a giant brain poo but more of a giant to-do list. Everything that is floating around your mind and driving you mad gets dumped to this list. That could be things you have been meaning to buy, items for the weekly big shop, gifts you need to purchase, letters you have been meaning to send, unresponded texts you are avoiding etc etc. ANYTHING that is in your head gets taken out and put on the list.
What is the best way to do it?
Honestly, you just write down everything that is on your mind. It really is that simple.
Don’t get me wrong, it would be better if you were a Wizard and you could just pull the thoughts out of your mind, however, us mere Muggles have to do things the old fashioned way.
If you are anything like me, your mind will go completely blank when you finally sit down to Brain Dump, only for all the thoughts to come rushing back and mock you later when you are busy with something else.
So, if you want to copy my reliable method – read on!
Step One – Brain Dump On The Go
The main idea behind a brain dump is to remove all those tedious and stressful nags from your head so that your mind is free to focus on the task at hand. The best way to do this is to brain dump ‘on the go’. I just use the notebook app in my phone and as SOON as a to-do pops into my head I immediately note it down. It’s amazing how much more productive I am since doing this.
Step Two – Master Brain Dump List
At the end of everyday (well, before I get into “chill” mode) I copy my phone notes to a ‘Master Brain Dump’. It just helps ease my mind when I write stuff down and I can see it all in one place. I am old fashioned though, and writing lists excites me (I can’t believe I just admitted that..) so if you are happy using just the digital version, you can skip this step. You do you.
Step Three – Make A Plan
A brain dump is useless if you don’t start putting in the required effort to accomplish the tasks. Once you have your ‘Master Brain Dump’ you need to organise this list into to-do’s that you will start tomorrow. I won’t go into detail on this here as I have already created a blog post on how to do this, but basically you are just going to prioritise this list into your schedule and slowly start to tick them off.
As soon as a new thought pops into your mind, make a point of immediately adding it to your ‘Brain Dump On The Go’. Doing so will allow you to get on with your day and come back to these thoughts/tasks later, when it is convenient to do so.
Instead of stressing over every to-do that pops into your head, you can simply note it down and then dismiss it. If it pops up again you can just remind your eager brain that, “it’s on the list”.
So for this last quarter of the year, make sure you are using the ‘Brain Dump’ method and just WATCH how quickly you organise your life. By 2020 you will be a well oiled organisation MACHINE.
Let me know how this goes for you! Did it work? Did you find an easier way? I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
THANKS FOR READING – DHARMA ROCKS Xx