I’ve always struggled with the chaotic mind syndrome. So much going on, too much to think about, planning for the week ahead etc. Sometime, well let’s be honest now most of the time I feel like my brain is going to explode.
As a result of all this chaos I usually find I hinder my own productivity by never really focusing on one task at a time.
I am a total perfectionist, things have to be done just so and if they aren’t I do not settle, this is another thing which can hinder my ability to progress as I will not move from a task until It is done to my standard.
When I started getting into traveler’s notebooks I noticed a lot of people used what is called a ‘brain dump’ so I enquired what this was.
The concept is pretty simple. You take everything in your head and put it on paper. There needn’t be any rhyme or reason to what you write, it doesn’t need to make sense to anyone else it just is there to allow you to de-stress.
So I picked up this idea and thought I’d give it a go even though I really didn’t think it would work for me so I picked my cute field notes fauxdori by Lyraandco on Etsy to try it out. However there are occasions (very rare ones) where I am wrong.
I find it helps immensely. I don’t need to brain dump daily, or weekly I just do it when I feel that I have loads swirling around.
I tend to have mine like a spider diagram style and just write everything down. Once my head is clear I pick each point out, I shade the things in which I need to focus on. I then do a couple of lists if necessary with To-Dos mostly now and later, then look at the other things I’ve put down. If I have any concerns or worries I have a think about them logically – Is my concern necessary? Am I over thinking it? Is it actually important or relevant? You get the picture.
After a little while things make much more sense to me and more Importantly I have renewed focus, I know what I need to do and when, I know what concerns I have and I’ve looked at remedies to these.
This method may not work for everyone but if you are at all like me and struggle to decompress your mind it is certainly worth a try. You have nothing to loose and a clear mind to gain.
I’d love to know your tips and tricks for decluttering your mind:)
The Stationery Geekette x