Hello my Bright and Happy People! Does it seem like there is never enough time in the day. Between school, work, family, friends, hobbies, and trying to maintain an online presence, it can be hard to fit everything in without dropping the ball on something. One way to cope with trying to remember everything is by creating a brain dump. A brain dump is where you write down every single thing you need to do. Do you need to call your mother to tell her a Happy Birthday? Write it down. Do you need to give your dog a bath sometime soon? Write that down. Do you need to remember to call your plumber to get your shower fixed? Say it with me now -write it down!
There is nothing too small to put in your brain dump. However, I will caution you to avoid putting anything too big on there. Try to break everything into smaller pieces. Let me give you an example. Say I want to improve my blog and everything that is associated with it. So I want to improve all the social media associated with it, the blog itself, and any blog subscriptions connected to it. I won't include "improve my blog" on my brain dump. I will write out all of my to-dos associated with it. Things like post to Instagram, write new blog post, track expenses, schedule draft to be published, brain storm new post ideas.
Once I get everything that I can possibly remember out of my brain and onto my brain dump, I make my to-do list for the day. I pick three things that I can do to help me move closer to my goals. I then make an additional list of things to do if I finish my Top 3 with enough time. These are things that are important, but not timely.
The reason I do my to-do lists this way is so I don't overwhelm myself. I know I have a lot to do, but what needs to get today? I am not stuck with the daunting task of "improving my blog" in one day. I have tasks that I can do over several days to improve it. If you're anything like me, seeing a box unchecked at the end of the day gives me a lot of anxiety. By separating my tasks, breaking them down, adding small - although more - things to do, I can achieve progress and get to have the satisfaction of checking off those boxes. It makes me all tingly inside when I get to do that.