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With Daylight savings time about to begin and all the pretty flowers are getting ready to bloom this is the time when everyone is thinking about getting all the clutter out of their house and getting things re-organized. Well what if your home the only things that needed to be cleaned out? What if there’s MULTIPLE areas of our lives and that you’re wanting to work on improving like your health, your mindset, finances, relationship with your kids, eating better, or you want to simply bring more joy back into your lifestyle cause you’re simply just not happy? Trying to narrow all the different things we want to work on improving in our lives can seem almost impossible when you first think about it and can make any mom want to rip her head off for adding one extra thing to clean to the never ending TO DO list, but it’ doesn’t mean we should continue neglecting them either.
You might be thinking though… “Where do I even start?” “I don’t have the time.” “What do I do first?” These are all good questions to be asking yourself and the best way to do that is by putting pen to paper with a good old fashion BRAIN DUMP. Whether you’re familiar with that phrase or not brain dumping is a GREAT way to help you think through things and can be very therapeutic. The world we live in is going so fast now a days that we’re constantly being bombarded with dings, notifications, advertisements, opinions, and just simply information overload at all times which makes it hard to process anything. (Not to mention that’s not even including the MOM LIFE distractions…Lord KNOWS that’s like a whole other mess in it’s self so let’s NOT go there.) To help you organize all that chaos brain dumping is a great way to slow the world around you down, help you get re-centered, reconnected and focused on what YOU truly want for yourself and your family. So grab your pen and a piece of paper and let’s declutter that big beautiful brain of yours!
How do I get started?
Now before you start overthinking this process let’s get one thing VERY clear. Brain dumping doesn’t have to be glamorous with beautiful stickers, all the washi tape, or any form of colorful at first. If you’re a planner babe like me and LOVE to craft your heart out in your planner or journal this is NOT the time to do that. Your ENTIRE goal RIGHT NOW is to get whatever you’re thinking, feeling, and questioning out of your head and on to that bank piece of paper in front of you. It might be boring at first, but stick with me here. I promise there’s a total method to the madness. Once you have it all written down and have fully completed this exercise THEN you can start to organize and glam it up later. For now though let’s concentrate on helping you clean out your jam packed head before we cover it up with a sticker.
Start with a Question
Every good brain dump begins with either asking yourself a question or choosing an area of focus you want to work on, but need to still break down a little further. For this exercise in particular the BIG question you want you want to ask yourself is “What area of focus is bothering you the MOST right now in your life that you’d like to work on improving?” Don’t over think what you should write down just put the pen to paper and write it all out. These can be as big or as small as you want them it’s totally up to you. For example, do you want to start eating better because you’re tired of feeling sluggish or want to feel more confident in your clothes? Great! Write it down. Do you want to focus on managing your finances better so you have more time to enjoy buying something nice for yourself without feeling guilty about it? AWESOME, write that down too!! There’s no right or wrong answers here, just thoughts, ideas, and feelings that we need to get out of your head and on to paper so you can narrow it down and figure out your self care plan later. If you need more ideas on what to write down I share some of my own personal ones in the video below.
Categorize & Prioritize
Now that you have all your big beautiful thoughts, ideas, goals, and dreams down lets categorize them. By going through your brain dump and putting each of things you want to work on in categories you’ll be able to better identify exactly which parts of your lifestyle it is that you’re feeling you need the most work on and be able to prioritize it that way too. When categorizing things I like to use highlighters. It just makes it some much easier to visually see everything faster than simple black ink on white paper. Can you categorize them with colored stickers? Yea sure, but highlighters are just as good and actually faster than searching for the perfect colored stickers to use. Like I said there will be plenty of time to get sticker happy and all of that later on so if you can hold off and just highlight.
Get Specific & Break it down
Alright so you got it all down on to paper and out of your head? Check! Did you put them into categories? YUP! PERFECT! Let’s figure out which ones are the most MEANINGFUL to you at this point in your life by establishing WHAT you REALLY want, WHY do you want it, and HOW you’re going to achieve it. This is SO important because it’s one thing to say “I want improve my health.” It’s another thing to say “I want to loose 15 lbs so I can be able to have the energy to play and keep up with my kids while feeling good about myself in the process.” The latter holds VALUE and MEANING for you where the former is vague and isn’t powerful enough to keep you focused and driven to take action. When you break it down and establish a deep enough why you can imagine how it’s going to be, feel, and see once you achieve it. THAT is where the power, motivation, passion, and DRIVE will come for you to actually take action to make those dreams become your new reality.
Now that you’ve got a clear idea on the what, why, and how of your of each area of focus you want to improve it’s time to pick your TOP 3 that you will focus on in the next 90 days (or 3 months). Well… Why 90 days??? By focusing on making improvements and ONLY working in a 90 day period it does a few beneficial things for you. 1.) It Gives you time to save – If your goal is to go on a me cation somewhere you’re gonna wanna make sure you have enough funds to enjoy yourself without worry. 2.) Time to get it done – In a 3 month period you can break your big goal down into smaller weekly goals that are way more easier to manage in your schedule. (Hello Planner babe heaven over here! 3.) Track your progress– Once you’ve got your plan of action and you start tracking your progress you’ll be able to see the what is and/or isn’t working for you. This is SO important cause if you have a little bit of an off week you have something to look back on and figure out what you did that got you off track and tweak it as needed. The same goes if you have a REALLY good week now you have a guideline showing you what you did that you can repeat to help you reach your goals FASTER. (At the end of it all it will also make for a GREAT keepsake memory planner too to look back on and see just how much you’ve grown. Isn’t that awesome!!!)
Let’s plan it out!
This is it! The moment you’ve been waiting for… It’s time to finally pull out your planners and start planning your heart out. You’ve done the hard part of getting all your thoughts and feelings out onto paper, breaking them down into measurable action steps with meaningful WHY’S that are gonna keep you motivated, focused and empowered. Now here’s the fun part of creating an ACTION board.
What is an action board? An Action Board is basically the same thing as a Vision Board except instead of just pictures for inspiration you’re going to take it a step further and add in those action steps with your end goal to them as well. This you have 100% free range to sticker, washi, highlight, and CRAFT your heart out because this will be what you’l be adding into your planner. You can create an action board for each 30 day period, each of your Top 3 categories, or just create one action board for all Top 3. It’s totally up to you so GO WILD!
SAVE THE DATE Now that you’ve completed your action board and it’s in your planner all nice and pretty for you to look at each and every day to remind you of what your action steps are be sure to SAVE THE DATES! Remember how we broke down each of your goal into bite size action steps and we talked about setting weekly milestones? Yea those milestones need to be marked in your planner just like you would any other important date. More importantly you need to KEEP these appointments with yourself for yourself. It seems like a no brainier, but most of the time we are normally the first ones to put ourselves on the back burner for someone else. Although our intentions are noble and apart of our need to nurture and care for those we love; we need to remember that we are also one of those people who need to be nurtured and cared for too.
If you still need a little bit more of a structured guideline to follow to help you brain dump don’t worry I got you! You can download the printable below and follow along as with my FB live where I walk you through each of the steps.
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