Simplify Your Life in 30 Days

Simplify your life challenge: Day 11

Day 11: Simplify your life - brain dump

This is my journey through the 30 Day Simplify Your Life challenge. If you would like to join in, you can get the ebook here and follow along.

The official Youtube video for “Brain Dump” week, by muchelleb.

I am working through the challenge in an order that suits me best, instead of directly following the set challenge order. Feel free to do the same!

Day 11: Do a brain dump

Day 11: Simplify your life challenge - Brain Dump

Day 11 in the official challenge is actually ‘beauty products‘ but I did this weeks ago. So today we are covering what is officially Day 25 of the challenge: “Do a brain dump”. This is a continuation of the mental decluttering phase of the challenge.

It’s finally here. The day I have been looking forward to for a while.

I have a million things floating around in my head at any one time. Things about work, about the wedding, about my side projects, about things I need to do around the house or people I need to call.

This challenge was about getting these things out of your head and taking the time to write them down somewhere so that your brain doesn’t have to waste time thinking about them anymore. Can I just say, I loved it.

The first step of the challenge was to just do the brain dump.

Grab a piece of paper or a note app on your phone or laptop and start listing off all the things that have been floating around in your mind that you need to do. This could be anything from ‘move that box in the hallway’ to ‘write my English essay’ or ‘book a haircut’.

Nothing is too big or too small. List off everything that has crossed your mind that you need to do, that you haven’t done yet. If you need some help to make sure you cover everything that has been on your mind, Michelle provides a list of prompts in her original challenge video that may help you. This is what my list ended up looking like before I came back later and added even more. In the end, I had two full A5 pages of things I have been wanting to do.

Brain Dump - The incomplete list

The next step was to go through the list and eliminate anything that you don’t want to think about or do. This could act as an extension to the ‘what you do and don’t care about‘ challenge from a couple of weeks ago.

I went through and crossed off ten things from this list (although I have since completed a couple of those things so maybe I did care about them after all). This will just bring a little bit of control and focus back to your list and will help you feel like you have purpose behind completing the items that remain on the list.

Once this is done, it is time to categorise and prioritise. It is up to you how you want to categorise the items in your list. I used coloured dots next to each list item to indicate what category it falls under and the categories I used were the following:

  • Blog related
  • Wedding related
  • Things to organise for events other than wedding
  • Things I can do at home
  • Things to do when I’m out

I found this list too difficult to prioritise because it was simply too big. So instead, I went through and made a seperate list of all the things I needed or wanted to do over my proceeding two week break. Those became my top priority.

I’ll cover this smaller list in a bit more detail in next week’s update. But that was it for this week’s challenge. Since doing the brain dump, I have completed 49 items that had been plaguing my mind and it’s feeling good!

Brain Dump: My progress so far
My progress so far

How big is your list?

~ Alice Maisie

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