All busy moms know that we have a million and one things on our to-do list every single day and our minds are SO full of everything that must get done. I am sharing how you can brain dump to save your sanity because it has helped me a lot!
I remember feeling so overwhelmed, my brain would just not stop going, I couldn’t make heads or tails of what to do next, and I felt like I never made a dent in my to-do list. Can you relate?
Over the last several years of using the Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner, I have developed the habit of “brain dumping” weekly and daily. The planner is set up perfectly for it with the weekly spread and that is the section I use most often (every day!).
You can tweak almost any weekly/daily planner to do the same. Even a blank notebook or regular calendar can be used.
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Let’s talk about WHY you should do a weekly and daily brain dump to save your sanity as a busy mom:
- peace of mind – knowing that you have written down the important tasks or dates to remember allows your brain to rest.
- productivity – writing down everything that you need to do for the week/day helps you remember to do it! Read: My Best Productivity Tips
- priorities – once you have all of the things in your brain put down on paper, you can see the big picture and prioritize your to-do list or eliminate items.
- intentional living – focusing on weekly and daily brain dumps help you to be intentional with “the next thing” rather than thinking too far ahead or becoming overwhelmed with a never-ending to-do list. Read: Just Do The Next Thing
- sense of purpose – starting the week and day with purpose sets your week/day up for better success.
How To Brain Dump To Save Your Sanity
- weekly – on whatever day makes the most sense for you, take a few minutes and jot down everything you need, want, and hope to get done over the next seven days. I do this on Monday mornings.
- daily – every morning (or whatever time works best for you) write down what you need, want, and hope to do for the day. I do this right before my Bible Study in the mornings.
- meal planning – whether weekly or daily, write down your meal plan. I rotate through a very simple meal plan weekly, so I write down the dinner meal plan daily. Read: How To Simplify Meal Planning
- everything in one place – no matter what your many roles are every day, you can put everything in one place. I include my to-do list as a homemaker, homeschool mom, and work at home mom (and also our current project list at the #1965fixerupper).
If you want an affordable printed (hard copy, mailed to you) planner option, grab the Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner. It is includes shopping lists, yearly/monthly calendars, task lists, project lists, etc. and it is worth it.
I do have a very frugal & big printable pack available that includes several planning pages along with journal pages, Bible study pages, and more. Check it out HERE.
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