Brain Dump Example with Printable!

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!

brain dump example and how to do one. Arial view of a hand with a blue pencil writing tasks down onto a brain dump printable

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.

Find this brain dump printable in my Etsy shop – click on the photo above!

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.

Arial view of a brain dump printable with a blue pencil. In the corner is a kindle e-reader.

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.

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