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Sunday
Aug262012

relax your mind. let your conscious be free. train your brain.

We live in a very health conscious society, we change our eating habits, get juicers, drink protein shakes and exercise our bodies to stay fit-but what do we do to keep our brain on its “A” game? Since moving to California I’ve become one of those people who goes to the beach to clear my head and get out my thoughts. Every night I sit on my balcony and talk outloud to the stars & man on the moon-prayers if you will. But regardless of the wishes I whisper to the man upstairs, I know that I must put in work in order for his plan to unfold. Organized planning. 

Putting in work is easy in theory, but first you must start with a plan.  A written plan. Many of us have trouble taking the time to enter our thoughts into a to-do list.  Our productivity can be hurt by not inputting everything into a system so we can deal with it properly.  Our brains aren’t made to remember things forever, but paper is; with an empty brain, we’re able to either focus on new things or deal with the task at hand, instead of constantly dwelling on past things. Mind clutter.

What should live on paper lives in our brain and then proceeds to be forgotten and left alone. What are you doing to bring the dreams that live in your head to life? A buddy told me about a creativity | productivity tool that would help make sense of the madness in the brain...and in my case unfreeze me from the state of overwhelm Ive been living in. Its called “mind dumping.” Im sure you laughed. We all have a 13 year old sense of humor deep down. 

A mind dump is simply a way for you to get everything out of your head and onto paper.  “Mind dumping” allows you to flex your mind, improve your creativity and boost your memory. A good time to perform a mind dump is at the end of every week, when you’re feeling overwhelmed with work, or when your brain is swimming with ideas and you can’t concentrate. Frozen in overwhelm in my case, I know all the things I need to do but when I think about them all I freeze, I dont know where to even start---and sometimes I dont. 

Mind dumping has the effect of clearing out your mental closet. With a list of everything that you are thinking about, you'll be able to set priorities, put your tasks into categories and make quicker decisions. Now your brain is free to think creatively about something that you were previously unable to tackle.

There’s no set way for doing the best mind dump, the point is to reset your brain, update your productivity system, and put onto paper all the things that have been taking up the valuable [and limited] space in your brain. If you’ve got a free moment, or 20, to clear your head-you’ll be amazed how many things come out of your brain and onto paper, when you devote time and space to emptying it.

 As with any exercise, repetition is necessary for you to see improvement.