Brain dumps can be essential for to do lists – have you ever wanted to see a brain dump example? Here is a break down for you!
What do you write in a brain dump?
You can do a brain dump for your to do list, anxiety, obsessive thoughts, etc. This brain dump example is to organize my to-do list. You organize everything going through your brain.
What is a brain dump activity?
A brain dump activity is sitting down with a brain dump worksheet and getting all of your tasks, thoughts and feelings out on paper. The brain dump example below is a to-do list brain dump.
How do you do a brain dump?
Brain dumps are actually super simple. All you need is a brain dump worksheet, a pencil and a timer. The timer is optional but I love using one. It gives me a clear start and stop time. Start your timer and just write down everything on your mind (to-do list, tasks, thoughts, anxious feelings, etc). Then decide what needs to be addressed or can be put off.
What is a daily brain dump?
A daily brain dump will help you sort all the things for your day. It is a great way to start your day, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the things. Some people find it helpful to do a brain dump daily, weekly, monthly or as needed.
Brain dump example
- Get rid of distractions! Grab your brain dump worksheet, a pencil and a timer. That’s it.
- Set a timer (I like to do 10 minutes). Start writing your to-do list. Get everything down that is in your mind. If you don’t think of it in 10 minutes, it probably isn’t that pressing. Find my brain dump printable here.
- Going line by line, add the items into their appropriate boxes. The boxes I use are:
- My main focus: What do I need to mostly be focusing on right now?
- Quick 5-10 minute tasks: What are some quick 5-10 minute tasks that I can get done in 30 minutes?
- Top 3 priorities: The top 3 things I need to get done.
- Needs breaking down: For larger projects that need the steps broken down for me. Here is a printable to help with that step.
- Can be put off: The items that can be put off and don’t need to be done right away.
- Delegate: Things my husband or kids can do so I don’t have to worry about them.
- Blank section (this one changes a lot for me – errands, grocery list, obsessive thoughts, etc.): Create your own section of things I didn’t think of.