Do you ever feel like you can’t seem to get a handle on what is important in life? What things need your attention? What is not important enough to warrant a place in your mind? Many of us run around from day to day with too much on our minds and this can hold us back from achieving our potential and getting what we want out of life.
We all know being organized is the key to massive stress reduction, however, getting there can sometimes be an uphill battle. When it comes to time management and prioritizing important things in life, cutting through the mental clutter is an essential exercise.
Of all the ways of clearing one’s head and focusing, like a laser, on what is important, my favorite technique is to get all my thoughts down in black and white on a sheet of paper.
Call it what you will, I prefer the term “brain dump” because it accurately describes this exercise.
The brain dump is a catalog of sorts with the sole purpose of creating a mentally tidy place where you can more effectively plan and prioritize all the tasks and activities requiring your attention.
Trying to efficiently plan your time when your head is full of unprioritized thoughts is like swimming in quicksand: not making progress despite all the stress and hard work you might put into that planning session.
What does this cause? When we don’t efficiently plan our time, we don’t easily accomplish our personal goals, and we hinder our personal growth potential. All of this can weigh us down, causing us to feel as if we aren’t going where we want in life.
In effect, you might experience the stress of having too many things on your mind, which then promotes stagnation in personal development. This amplifies preexisting stress.
When stress mounts, a simple technique can massively alleviate stress, help you focus, and reduce the anxiety that comes from having too much on your mind.
This will allow you to focus on what is important and make strides toward accomplishing your goals.
You now have a foundation that serves as the base for future planning sessions. Now that everything is written down, put the list in a safe place where you can easily refer to it when you need it.
This is but the first step in planning and organizing time, it sets the groundwork for future success by removing the anxiety that comes from having too much on your mind. You can rest easier because your thoughts are in a safe place and you are now positioned to give them the attention they need.
Use your thought catalog to shape your future planning sessions. Categorize and prioritize the important, while letting the less pressing items take residence on a future action list.