A brain dump is an idea that I picked up from David Allen’s wonderful book Getting Things Done, which I have lauded and extensively discussed in the past. I’ve found that, time and time again, it has been a very powerful tool for making me feel more in control of my life and helping me focus on finishing things rather than feeling stressed out, even if I don’t commit to the full Getting Things Done system.
The idea of a brain dump is to get rid of all those things floating around in your head. Commit them to paper and then to form a to do list from them. He suggests doing the list either Thursday night if it is a work dump or Friday if it a home one. I don’t think I’ll be able to separate the two like that so I’m brain dumping Friday evening. I am hoping it will help me to relax and have a more chilled weekend!