Brain Dump

With the house renovations, and the toddler, and the Etsy shop, and just general life errands, I find that I am constantly trying to remember things and if I don't write them down (and quickly) then they are good as lost in my brain and I remember them again when it's too late.  Meaning, I'll go to the grocery store and if I don't have a list I'll forget to buy several things I need, and then I have to go back to the store later or the next day, which drives me crazy.

To this end, I have been keeping a notebook next to the bed at night so I can write down all of the things that are running through my mind that I think of that I need to do for the next day or so.  You read about people doing this or suggesting it when they are talking about organization or sleep, but I just don't want to forget stuff that needs to be done, causing myself to waste more time and energy.  And it's working pretty well: I had some people over to visit yesterday afternoon and I made a list of all the things I needed to get done between the library program and the swim lesson and lunch before they got here, and because I had written it all down the night before, I made a quick plan and got 9 of the 10 things done.  Not bad!



Some of last night's musings
 Do you keep a brain-dump notebook?

7 comments

  1. It sounds like you could use a lesson in reading the book, "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. It has helped me get even MORE organized.

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  2. I definitely have a brain dump note book! I don't keep it by my bed though. I think that is a fabulous idea though because I always start thinking about stuff as soon as I am about ready to fall asleep! Maybe I should try it-- seems to be working for you!

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  3. I have a to do list on my phone that I'm always adding to, especially at night before bed.

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  4. Definitely--on my computer. For general appointments I still use a wall calendar but for a daily to-do list I downloaded one of those google tools onto my computer desktop that's a to-do list. I can check off the boxes when I finish something. It's been completely invaluable.

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  5. No, but I need one! This is a good idea... I might have to take a page out of your book. :) Sea Marie

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  6. Yea, it's the whole before bed thing that seems to be working. I guess your mind just starts to wind down and you think of all those things you need to do, and I would think, "I'll remember that tomorrow," but I didn't, so the notebook helps a lot!

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  7. I don't right now, but for about a year where I was getting all kinds of stressed I would do that so I could shut off my brain at night.

    I've also heard us creative types should do that for fun ideas, but those don't worry me like unpaid bills and future errands do.

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