Nearly everyone who uses the bullet journal likes to use it as a tool for tracking tasks (not sure what the bullet journal is? Start here) On the daily page, we write out the tasks we want to accomplish that day. On the monthly spread, we write out tasks to be done that month. But what do you do when you have tasks with no particular deadline?
That’s where the brain dump comes in. Inspired by Bohoberry, the brain dump is a page where you can list out all the little to-dos that need to get done eventually, but with no real urgency. For example, my computer died last year and took all my files with it. I want to sit down at some point and tinker with it to see if I can recover all my old photos and documents. Since nothing on that computer was work related, I haven’t really tried to accomplish this in a timely manner. Some other great examples to add:
Purge junk drawer
Tighten pipe fittings
You may ask, “If there is no urgency, why write it down?” Well, these sort of little things often escape me when I am bored and want to feel productive. I can flip back to that page, look at my list, and find something that I can tackle. It’s also nice to get it down somewhere so it doesn’t fall through the cracks so easily. It’s especially useful right now because I am transferring certain spreads and lists into my new Leuchtturm1917 and I can update the list to include more recent items and remove old ones that are irrelevant or completed. It’s nice to do every once and a while so your list doesn’t go stagnant.
Besides my general purpose brain dump, I also have a blog brain dump. I found that with starting to get serious about blogging, there are so so so many little things that need to be done. Optimize this, tweak that, mess with this code. There’s just so much on top of the actual content creation that I had to create a page. I want to get these all done relatively soon, but none needed to be done in a specific amount of time. Besides, I just kept forgetting them all! I’m not much of a businessperson or computer person, so having everything down serves as a great reminder for slow days when I feel like working on the blog but I don’t have any fresh content to post yet.
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That’s all there is to it! The only trick here is remembering you made this list when you are bored and getting the energy to take on some tasks. Get this junk out of your head and onto paper, and you are one step closer to planning peace.
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