Do you ever sit down to complete a task and find you can’t focus long enough to get started, let alone complete it? One distraction after the next- “I’ll just do this quickly” or jot this down before I forget. Well let me tell you, I use to be the Queen of this and ultimately became the cause of my own stress. I’ve since come up with a few tools to help myself be more productive.
I call it my GETTIN’ IT DONE process. I encourage you to take this process and make it your own, maybe add a swear word or two to the name if it makes you feel better. Here is the first step of the process and I know it might sound silly, but just trust me and give it a try before you knock it.
Let me tell you, a Brain Dump really is a wonderful thing, and so, so simple to do.
Step 1: Grab your favourite notebook or even just a piece of paper (go ahead, I’ll wait….)
Step 2: Write down anything and everything that comes to mind. BUT WAIT!
Before you start, there are just a few guidelines to remember:
- No Editing– whatever comes to mind! Don’t worry about spelling or grammar. Do you speak multiple languages? Don’t hold back, write in all of them if you wish!
- No Organizing– I know this will bother some of you, and trust me at first I struggled with this but the less you organize now, the more you will write down and the more effective this exercise will be
- No Idea is a Stupid One– seriously though; if it’s on your mind get it on the paper.
That’s basically it for the Brain Dump. Having all your thoughts, to do’s, reminders and such on paper clears your mind and allows you to reorganize your priorities and focus on the task at hand!
I know it sounds too simple to even work, but I can promise you it’s worked for me! Once you’ve completed this, move on to the next step: Organize it.
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