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The first step in planning — or just shifting out of overwhelm is to get everything out of your head and onto paper.
It is fall.
A new season. A time for new goals.
We are in the midst of a planathon to get your fall goals set up and working for you… You can still join in and self pace the material. It is so worth having a plan in hectic times!
Every time we are setting a 90-day goal or choosing the 3 big rocks we will focus on for the week, I always start with the same tool. I get everything out of my head and onto paper.
The purpose of this exercise is to clean out our minds and clear a way forward.
As women, we hold entirely too much info in our heads. The fact that the dry cleaning is at the dry cleaner, the dinners we want to cook, the forms that need to be filled out for the kids, the classes we would like to enroll them in, who each kid is getting along with and who they are not, the fact that you saw the spare sock behind the bed, all the big dreams and aspirations that we are waiting for the right time to create, a list of books we want to read, the three times you will exercise this week …
It is too much.
It does not leave any room for creativity, innovation, or ease.
Holding all this in your head actually creates quite the opposite — stress.Get it all on paper
So the first step in planning — or even shifting out of overwhelm is to get everything out of your head and onto paper.
Here is how it goes down:
Get it all from your head onto fresh, crisp paper.
I get asked a lot if it is good to make as you go. I find that makes the process take a bit longer and makes important items stay in your head instead of making it to paper.
So do your dump in the random order of your brain.
If you stop writing before your timer goes off, ask yourself, what’s missing. What’s just for me? What’s so big I am scared to add it?
If the timer goes off and you are feeling in the middle of the process, ask your self how much more time do I need? And recommit to the timer.
Make sure you are FULLY committed.
Once it’s all out on paper, what do you do with your list?Then organize your list
I feel like this is the equivalent of cleaning out the closet. First, you get everything out. When you look back at the closet (which is now empty) you might feel a sense of space, relief, calm, joy. When you turn around and look at the pile on the bed, you are going to feel a brief moment of dread.
I want you to put the piece of paper aside for a moment, maybe even a whole day. Enjoy that empty brain of yours. Feel what it feels like to have done that.
This is the part of the FLOW planning process where we decide how we want to feel for the time ahead — your fall, your week, or today.
With a clear mind and your newly defined feeling pulling you forward … let’s organize the braindump.
In our cleaning analogy, organizing the braindump is taking the clothes that you have dumped onto your bed from the closet, deciding what you want and what you don’t and putting them back in an order that supports you better than before you took everything out.
This part can be done with interruption. A bit different than the energy behind actually emptying your brain.
Listen to the episode to hear me flush out these categories and give examples.
In the challenge, we are figuring out goals and time blocking our days to get them done – the brain dump is step one to clear your brain and make the space to see what is that your heart is calling you to do this fall... You can do the challenge and plan your fall here.
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