Brain Dump Daily: Best Tip Ever
Brain Dump – it doesn’t sound very appealing but when I started working I was constantly getting ideas. They were about how to be more efficient, organise something, create something or just remembering the lunch date that I had booked in with my friend three weeks ago that I only just remembered was on Friday. These ideas would hang around for a little bit and then fly off as I got onto the next task. I never dumped them down so that I would remember them when I needed too.
I would then remember these things weeks later and realise they would of made my life extremely easy if I had done them before then. After a while I decided that I needed something. A way to get the thoughts out of my head and put into actions.
So I went out and bought a pretty book and carried it with me everywhere (it also gave me an excuse to buy a few new handbags because I needed to fit the book into the bag I was carrying around). When I had an idea I wrote it down and then at night I would sit on my bed and complete a brain dump page. It got it all out of my head. It was a great way to get all my new ideas for work down.
3 sections needed on your brain dump page
- Things I needed to do
- Appointments I needed to book in
At the time I was a university student who was working full time with a lot of social and family responsibilities so I created a brain dump page that I printed off and put into my diary. It kept everything together. I still do it to this day.
It is an A4 page that I can brain dump all my ideas into. I use one page a day and use it in my morning routine when creating my to do list (see my ‘The Perfect To-Do List’ article here for more details). After all we can’t be expected to remember everything. So anything that you know you need to remember – write it down!