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One of my favorite organizing activities is what I call a “brain dump” exercise. When I first participated in this exercise, in around 2008, I was working many hours, but I was not earning “many dollars.” After participating in the brain dump exercise, my business exploded. Within six months of filling out my first worksheet I went on to publish my first book, launch my first course, and celebrate my first $1,000 month in online earnings.
Here’s how it works…
I gathered up my list of ideas, sticky notes, and to-do items, and plugged them into, what I like to refer to as, a “brain dump” page. A brain dump page is a sheet of paper that is divided into 9 or 12 boxes. Each box has a label and you plug things into each box, as they relate to the labels.
Examples of some of my labels are:
- Business To-Do ASAP
- Personal To-Do
- Writing Projects
- Courses to Study
- Someday Maybe
By participating in the brain dump exercise you clear your mind, clear your desk, and prepare the way for accomplishing a great deal.
To create your brain dump page – divide a piece of paper into 3 rows and 3 columns and give each box a label. You can then begin adding items to your brain dump page.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this exercise and how this strategy is working for you. You are warmly invited to scroll down to share your thoughts – and if inspired you favorite productivity tip.
D’vorah Lansky is the bestselling author of several books including the Productivity Action Guide for Authors: 90 Days to a More Productive You!