How to organize your life using the simple brain dump (braindump) method.
Is it difficult to remember everything you have to do? As a mom, we wear so many hats, and it’s no wonder things slip in between the cracks.
As a working mom with two blogs (0ther totalhousemakeover.com), three children, home responsibilities, and caring for myself, my brain needed a more straightforward solution.
I have tried many ways to organize my thoughts, but with a post-it and loose leaves of paper everywhere, it’s no wonder it became difficult.
See, I’m usually really good at organizing because it’s one of my favorite things to do, but things have gotten a bit out of control since blogging. There are so many things to keep up with that I had to find a new system.
Pinterest has many documents for moms, working, or side hustles. But what about the mom that does all 3. There has to be something that accounts for the different tasks we try to juggle.
I welcome you to the organization printable for working moms and read 10 Ways Moms Can Balance Work and Family.
What is the Brain Dump Method?
Getting your ideas out of your brain and onto a piece of paper is the best way.
Brain dump allows me to focus on things that are important and schedule them into my day.
Ladies, how often do you have trouble sleeping because there are so many things running through your mind.
Did I make the dentist appointment for the kids? When was the school band recital? OMG, do I need to plan and send out the birthday invitation? What was the deadline for that work project?
Don’t act like it, just me. You know what I’m talking about.
Tips for Efficiency when using the Brain Dump Method
Embrace those good days.
There are times I may not be in the mood to take care of business, so I have to coach myself to do it. But then there are days when I feel extremely motivated. So I use those days to get as many things checked off my brain dump to-do list as possible.
*Pay attention to those days where you seem to have a boost of energy and capitalize on it.
Get down as much information as you can.
If you have to make an appointment, instead of just writing it down, make an eye doctor appointment and jot down the phone number beside it. Can’t remember your kid’s information offhand? Check out this Medical and School Printable!
Keep the Brain Dump Template in one place
There is nothing like dragging around a piece of paper or a book. So instead of taking it with you everywhere, leave it in one spot. If your brain works better at night, then leave it on the nightstand. If the morning is best, then leave it on your desk at work until the end of the day.
Jog your brain.
I’m sure everything on your mind at the time doesn’t account for all the things you need to write down.
An excellent way to jog your brain is to go through your email box to check any upcoming meetings or events. Also, go through your phone for people you may need to call back or visit.
A secret that I do is sing the song “head, shoulders, knees, and toes.” I will think of a song while thinking of one of the kids. For example, Destinee’s head would consist of hair, ENT, eye, and dentist, where the shoulder would be shirts, allergists, etc., and so forth down the body.
Transfer it if things are not completed.
It may not be possible, OK, so it won’t be possible to get everything completed off your to-do list within a particular time frame. In that case, you schedule it onto your weekly or monthly to-do list.
For example, you may write, “finish work-related projects within two weeks and brief the staff about last week’s project.”
That is a foreseeable event that will get completed during a different week, so you take out your monthly calendar, write down the due date, and on your weekly schedule, you break the task down into small goals.
Such as Monday “make and outline,” Tuesday “do the research,” Wed “edit the document,” Thursday “Print and reread.”
Get it? This free brain dump pdf helps you get everything out, but your organizer keeps you productive. Use the Productivity Sheet to get each task a timeframe to get done.
Understand the Benefits of a Brain Dump?
So the benefits of the brain dump are to have your thoughts in one place. So you can see everything that you need to do on one piece of paper and give yourself a much-needed peace of mind.
It’s beneficial and straightforward to minimize the craziness of the working mom juggling multiple projects. For additional resources, read 7 Secrets of a Working Mom With a (Mostly) Organized Home.
How do you stay organized and the things you need to do out of your head?