If you are anything like me, Sunday evening rolls around and you begin to feel the stress of the coming week creep up like a slow rising pool.
You have 3 chapters to read for your class on Tuesday, a work project due on Wednesday, a casserole to cook for your sister’s birthday on Thursday, not to mention the million emails to read and respond to everyday.
By Sunday evening, your to-do list starts playing over in your mind like a bad record, and you can’t seem to make sense of any of it. How are you going to find time to do everything??
Luckily, there is a simple system that takes no more than 10 minutes and will allow you to chill the f*#! out so that you can clear your head and stay focused and productive during the week.
Interested? Keep reading!
Note: Although I’d like to take credit, I did not come up with this on my own. I have Strength Faction to thank!
Step 1 – Write Down Every Little Task You Want to Accomplish – “Brain Dump”
Get it all down on paper. Literally, let your brain take a “dump.” You need to finish a project? Write it down. Need to answer emails? Write it down. Want to clean the bathroom? Get it on paper.
Write it all out and clear your head from running through your to-do list over and over. Now it is in front of you, your brain can take a break, and you can objectively look over what needs to be done.
Step 2 – Categorize Your Brain Dump
Divide your to-do list into categories. I like to separate my work at Rebell, my own blog and newsletter, client management, continuing education, and personal (chores, finances, etc).
Step 3 – Prioritize
Look over your Brain Dump list and see which tasks are time-sensitive. These need to go to the top of your to-do list. For example, sometimes I need to write a program for a client by a certain date. Therefore, this goal is at the top of my list, whereas cleaning out the fridge gets pushed back.
Step 4 – Schedule
Get a calendar. It doesn’t matter if you use your phone, computer, or good ‘ol pen and paper. Just have something that can keep track of your days.
Start by blocking off the times that you are working and cannot complete your tasks. For example, I block off all the times that I am teaching classes or training clients.
Second, block off times for working out, eating, and meal prepping. This is important and you want to prioritize it! (However, you may have to suck it up and train at 6am if you have an extensive to-do list.)
Third, block off times for the top priorities on your list. For instance, on Mondays, I block off a couple hours to write my blogs and/or newsletters because I know that these need to be completed by Wednesday.
Lastly, fill in the gaps with your remaining tasks.
Once you have finished these 5 simple steps, you will hopefully have a clearer mind that is able to concentrate and get sh** done. I don’t know about you, but when I have 15 things on my to-do list running through my head, it’s really hard to even have simple conversations! However, this practice has allowed me to get that stress out of my mind so that I can be clear and focused throughout the day. I hope it helps you too!
Want to chat more about Brain Dumping? Feel free to reach out!