Have you ever woken up with a to-do list that feels like a novel? An amazingly effective practice is what I call a “brain cleanse”. This short but powerful practice involves that insane list snaking its way through your mind. Upon waking, or whenever you feel the urge, purge! Write down every single thing that you are worrying about or that’s taking up space in your mind. You could do this with pen and paper, type it on your computer, or even as a Note in your phone! Simply list out every single thought that is on your mind more than once. It could be thoughts as minute as “set up email reminder to pay bills” or as big as “I have no idea what I want my career to be” …
This is your list so the more you write, the more clear you’ll get. Nothing is too small, or too big, to be included in your brain cleanse!
2. CATEGORIZE & COMPLETe
Now that you’ve got your brain cleanse list, you can separate things into categories. My usual categories are the order of how I need to get things done. They are: Immediately, Near Future, and Long Term Goals; yours may be different! Once you put things into categories, you can start analyzing each item. If you notice that most of your list is in the “Immediately” category, you may want to take it easy on yourself and pause on the big dream items until you get more urgent things done. For instance, I had a friend who had big goals and even bigger dreams, but her finances were wrecked. “Money” was in her “Immediately” category, so we took some to create a budget plan for her. That freed up A LOT of mental space and relief for her to get back to dreaming big!