I started my business when I was working full time and had five kids. I fit in social media posting and product development between dinners, games and grocery store runs. But regardless of whether you have five kids, one kid, or no kids we all have a lot on our plate each day. We are moms, wives, aunts, sisters, friends, and employees. If we are not careful, we can lose ourselves in our to-do lists.
I believe that a chaotic schedule or a chaotic environment are just a symptom of a chaotic mind. This means that if we can declutter the mind then we will also see the other areas of our lives magically begin to fall into place.
The biggest space sucker we must eliminate from our minds are called open loops. I like to explain open loops by describing electricity. When you turn on a light switch a loop of electrical wire takes that electricity to the light and back to the light switch. If there are any breaks in that loop, the electricity will not turn that light bulb on. You have an open loop, and the energy is a scaping this loop. An open loop for a human being is an incomplete task that is draining our energy, attention, or focus, and preventing other tasks from being completed.
Women tend to have a lot more of these open loops than men do. The adage that when you ask a man what he is thinking about and he says nothing, it is really nothing. But when a woman says nothing it is 100 different things. We have anywhere from 2,500 to 3,300 thoughts per hour! This means that almost every second, our mind is distracted by a thought that pops up.
Closing these loops frees up your mental space to focus on bigger, better, and more amazing things.
So today I am going to teach you a little method I use to close those loops, free up mental space, and make you more productive and happier. This tool is called the brain dump, but it is probably not what you have seen people call a brain dump. My brain dump has 6 steps.
Step 1: write all the things you are worried about need to finish or are incomplete
Step 2: put a star next to everything you can control put an X next to anything you cannot control.
Step 3: rewrite your starred items in priority order
Step 4: write how long it will take you to complete each item
Step 5: put these items on your calendar
Step 6: Mentally let go of all the X’s
Practice the brain dump:
When you get up in the morning
When you are leaving work
When you are done working on your business at home.
As you begin practicing the brain dump regularly, you will notice that you have fewer random thoughts popping into your head when you are trying to focus on a task. You will be able to complete tasks faster and stay focused for longer periods of time. You will also forget fewer things because you are putting them all on your calendar immediately.
Do your first brain dump and free your mind up to focus on everything you want to create in your life and business.
If you would like to take a deeper dive into these methods and begin using them in your life, you can sign up for my free Masterclass: Breakthrough. HERE
And, if you already know that you are not someone who can follow through and hold yourself accountable, I am available for one-on-one coaching to help you get the results you want! More time, more money, and more fun. Book your call now by clicking HERE and choosing a time that works for you.