So, you’ve done a thorough brain dump and you have sheets upon sheets of notes, tasks, and ideas.
That’s the big question I keep hearing.
If you’re in Simplified Organization, then hang tight. Processing your brain dump completely comes in module 5 – yes, not until nearly the end.
Before you start getting your brain dump into a trusted system, you need to have that trusted system set up – you need those places and lists before your brain dump items can go into them.
To get the thorough instructions for creating the systems you need, walk step-by-step through the course. For a more cut-straight-to-the-chase approach, Paperless Home Organization is all about creating a digital version of a home management binder – a trusted system. That’s what you need before you can process your brain dump.
But if you are getting anxious about what to do with that brain dump now that it’s all captured and out of your head, here’s a quick cheat to get you rolling.
Process your brain dump: Delete, delete, delete.
Cross off as much as you can. Either cross it out and forget about it or file it away on a “someday” list to revisit later.
Seriously, if “clean out junk drawer” is on there, and you see it surrounded by all the other things you have going on, stop and think about it. Does it really matter that there is a junk drawer in the kitchen? Is that a priority? Is it hindering your day-to-day? Or is it just a vague obligation you feel: “Good people don’t have junk drawers.” That’s false. If it’s holding you up and causing issues in your day – perhaps because that junk drawer is functioning as your command center – then you have to address it so you can function better. But if it’s just a drawer collection of bits and pieces that’s not hurting anyone or anything, then just let go of the guilt and get on with reading aloud to your kids, making doctor appointments, reading a good book, baking cookies, or something important.
You do not have to do everything that came out of your head.
What to do with the brain dump list? File it away.
Start a few reference lists either in notebooks or in Evernote or wherever else you keep notes to yourself. Whether you want to set up a file box to keep information on paper or you want to snap a quick picture of it with your phone and send it into Evernote, you need one place, a trusted place, where information you may want or need in the future will be found. Paperless Home Organization is all about helping you set that up in Evernote, and I am currently writing about using Evernote for homeschooling at Simply Convivial.
Here’s your brain dump list. Now what? Add tasks to your task list.
Setting up some sort of task management system is necessary before you can process your brain dump. That’s why I’ve written about it several times: “How to choose a task management app” and “Moms, Set Up a Task Management App.
As you come across things to do within your brain dump that you can’t delete or save for later, add them straight into your task list.
But remember that that task list isn’t going to do you any good unless you look at it every day.