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).
Here is a bit of real life for you: I was planning to create a beautiful free printable weekly/daily calendar with room for you to brain dump to save your sanity … BUT since I am in the middle of packing up our rental, working on our fixer-upper, AND I still haven’t transferred all of my files (the ones I would need for designing/creating) from my old laptop to my new one I am not able to create any or give them away right now.
If you want an affordable printed 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 did create a very frugal & big printable pack that includes several planning pages along with journal pages, Bible study pages, and more. Check it out HERE.