Thinking on Paper to Dump Your State of Mind
When you dump your state on paper you can:
- stop trying to remember what you were thinking about
- focus on what you want to do about it
- or whether you can just let it go
- or prioritize
When it’s on paper, you free your mind.
When it’s on paper you can slice it and dice it in a more effective way, or sort it in a way that works for you, instead of against you.
Thinking on paper is how you go from soup to sanity.
Example of a Periodic Brain Dump
Here’s a quick example of a periodic brain dump.
- Weed the garden
- Clear out son’s room
- Downsize book collection
- Clean the gutters on the house
- Add a border to the back lawn
- Take down the tree
That was step one. It’s random and it’s just a quick dump of my top of mind things.
Step two would be sorting it and analyzing it against what I want to accomplish.
- Dump your brain. Simply make a list and dump out everything that’s top of mind or tugging at your thoughts.
- Take a moment to enjoy the fact that you uncluttered your mind and gave it some breathing room. Let yourself play with the possibilities.
- If you’re really feeling gung-ho, then review your list and find some low hanging fruit. For example, the simplest thing on my list is shredding papers, and I enjoy it, so I’m going to tackle that. For the other things, I’ll have to step back, prioritize against what I want to accomplish, and then make a simple plan.