When you are stressed about too much work, or you are unsure what to do and how to do it, or you are stuck on something, you can use a brain dump, creative burst, or whatever you want to call it.
Once you understand what they are, how they work, and how powerful they can be, you can use them for almost any type of work.
There is not so hidden a secret in our minds. We have been taught to use our minds to remember things like dates, steps, instructions, processes, answers, codes, and many other things, but we can use your mind best for creating things rather than remembering.
To remember things, there are other physical locations such as notebooks, files, and folders, as well as digital devices that can store our entire lifetime of information such as notes, photos, videos, music, and almost everything.
“Our mind is a factory, not a warehouse,” as David Allen put it in his book Getting Things Done. It is better to use it for making things than for storing them. We don’t need to put all of the information inside because all of the information in the world is just a fingertip away.
As a result, our minds are capable of solving a wide range of problems, including those that are complex. We find things difficult, complex and challenging because we see them as a whole block that cannot be difficult to move.
However, when you break it down into simpler forms, your mind begins to make connections and pull out your existing skills and resources to solve it theoretically. It doesn’t mean you’ll be able to solve the problem in a few steps, but as I previously stated, it’s a good starting point.
Let’s look at how we can use braindump to get unstuck.
- If possible, take a pen and paper; digital devices can also be used, but we should prefer pen and paper because creativity flows better on paper. Fear and resistance get vanished.
- Set a timer for five minutes on your phone or watch. Activate DND or aeroplane mode on your phone so you won’t get distracted, at least for this five minutes.
- Then write down all of your problems, all of the things that have prevented you from progressing, all of the roadblocks in your path, and all of your questions and doubts.
- Everything comes to mind. As quickly as you can, jot them down on paper. Also, don’t try to judge them. Gather as many as you can. Basically, jot down whatever comes to mind.
Our goal is to free our minds from stress. A single thought can cause it to become unstable and noisy. So write down everything that comes to mind.
You will now have a list of items, the majority of which are problems.
- Choose the most important problem that needs to be addressed. Don’t worry about the rest; it’s all safely stored and will be dealt with later.
- Now is the time to do a brain dump on possible solutions to that problem. You are unlikely to find perfect solutions, but it is far better than searching online. Instead of searching the internet for techniques and tools, you will have a great comprehensive list of things to work on.
- Once you’ve started working on these items, you can look up specific solutions and resources on the internet. But don’t get overwhelmed by the number of tabs and information you can find on Google.
Obviously, the steps you derived from the brain dump do not completely solve your problem, but they do give you a head start.
True solutions will be discovered as you work.
Also, as you work, write them down and act on them. And consider them later.
You can do this on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis. It is entirely up to you.
If you receive a long list of solutions that are not feasible in our time, you can schedule them on your preferred weekdays. You can make weekly projects out of the problem list and divide the list of solutions into days.
I found this an excellent method for converting my problems into projects, which will undoubtedly lead to a solution and completion. Consistency gives you momentum, which is magical because it grows exponentially and allows you to tackle bigger goals in the future.
It will serve as an excellent foundation for your long-term vision and goals.