Today I want to talk about a little concept that I've been hearing tossed around all over the place lately...a brain dump!
What the heck is that? It sounds so vulgar. Well, it's really not - promise!
Brain dumps are something I wish I knew about sooner and something I really want to utilize more. Everyone does a good brain dump differently, but let me explain my version for the average person...
A brain dump is you writing (or typing) thoughts that come into your head as they come.
It ends up looking and sounding like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo that makes no sense to anyone but yourself. On average, we have between 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. Our heads are constantly being filled with chaos and half of these thoughts never leave our lips. They get trapped in the cage we call our skull and tend to make us feel overwhelmed!
Well, introduce said brain dump! For however long you can, maybe 1 to 5 minutes to start with, put your pen on the paper or your hands on the keyboard and don't let them leave. Write down every thought, positive or negative, that comes into your mind. Maybe you want your dump to be focused around your daily stresses (this is what I like to do). Perhaps you're too excited about something and just have to get it out on paper. Or you can do the ultimate brain dump and have no theme at all, just random thoughts that have entered your mind.
This technique helps to alleviate all of the chaos from the thousands of thoughts that flood your brain. The best part is, a good ole brain dump is completely free and no one ever has to see it. If you feel like sharing, go for it! I don't like to keep my brain dumps on hand or saved anywhere. Once the thoughts are out of my head, I'm usually ready for them to not return. I need my mind to be tidy and simplified!
Have you tried a brain dump? If not, you've got some homework to do tonight! No excuses. You've got a few minutes to spare. Especially for something that will really help clear your mind and reduce some stress.