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  1. This was incredibly helpful. I’ve had a huge project that I’ve been unable to effectively get rolling for over a week and this brain dump helped take the swarm of bees out of my brain and onto paper. Feels much much better.

    1. I’m thrilled to hear that you found this helpful! It’s a technique I find myself coming back to again and again over the years, and it never fails.

  2. This post inspired me a lot, thanks for sharing something so useful.

  3. Tracey N. says:

    Thanks for this information. I plan to teach my students this technique! What a great way to de-stress! It also seems like it could work for studying, too. They could “dump” out all of the information that know about a subject onto paper and then check their notes to see what they still need to review. 🙂

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      It’s such a great exercise Hannah! I hope you love it as much as we all do.

  4. This is fantastic! Thank-you for sharing!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Glad to hear you’ve enjoyed this Mary. I hope it becomes a useful tool for you!

  5. Here’s another idea for “brain-dumping” for your readers: if you can’t decipher your own darn handwriting, open up a text or Office word processing page and pound away at the keys. This is definitely my preferred method, especially as the words flow so quickly that my writing hand can’t keep up and my handwriting looks like I’m being taken over by a disembodied entity. 😛

    The next best part about using a Word/LibreOffice* document is you can use whichever fonts and text colors you want without feeling like you have to be an “artiste.” Granted, this sort of nixes the point of bullet-journaling one’s “brain dump,” but if you don’t have the money to spend on an “official” bullet journal with the dot-grid system, AND you know you can’t read your own writing anyway, you can at least get the brain dump done and over with…THEN look over your list and bullet-journal the things you know you can take action on within the day/week/month, etc. But that’s just me and my “creative/there’s-always-a-workaround” brain. 😉

    As a musician, Druidic practitioner, and overall audiophile, I also like listening to whatever might relax me and put me into that meditative state of mind that allows solutions to come forth even as I’m “brain dumping.” What I listen to can range from favorite ASMR videos to Tibetan singing bowls, ambient tracks (Steven Halpern, Steve Roach, Jonn Serrie and Robert Rich are some faves from this category), or maybe I might jump around between all three, depending on where my mood goes.

    *A bit of FYI for those who are curious: LibreOffice, by the way, is the open-source version of MS Office, which can be downloaded and installed without paying a red cent, and it can read .DOC and .RTF files from Windows and Mac users.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      If you find that typing out your brain dump works better for you, that’s fantastic Kat! Isn’t it great that there is more than one way to get to the same destination?!

  6. lyn muscroft says:

    To take tge brain bump a bit further I’d like to know more about the list of 100 please
    Thanks Lyn

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Hey Lyn! If you click on the “List of 100” it will take you right to that post where you can read all about it!

  7. Then, what do you do with the list / Brain Dump?

    Tear it up so you can really put your mind to rest?

    Or try to start dealing with every item on the list?

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Hi Jeanette! If you look about half-way down the post under the heading “The Next Step” there are some options for how to handle your list!

  8. So when you complete your Brain Dump, do you add to it next time you need to Brain Dump or do you use another page and do another brain dump?

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      The next time I do one I move to another page and map it out again Laura!

  9. What a great idea! Brain Dump takes post-it notes one step further by allowing you to take the time to write it all down and perhaps be a little creative at the same time, which is a big stress releaser.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      My brain dumps would take way too many post-it notes! It really is a great way to get the thoughts out and begin doing something productive with them all. I’m glad you enjoyed reading ?

  10. Love your brain dump article. I will try it myself!! 🙂

    Thank you.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      I hope you get as much benefit from it as I do, Mei!

  11. Great idea! Never too old to learn. I didn’t know I needed this. Thanks Shelby.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Glad to hear it was helpful for you April!

  12. Joan Canning says:

    your email came just in time. Needed this little push and my friend receives your emails also and she was in a funk and needed this brain dump and off she went and it helped. I better get to mine or else I’ll be up again another long night. You seem to know when people are in need of just the right topic. Continue with your great insights.
    Hope you find someone to help you. Good Luck

  13. I started bullet journaling a few months ago. I’ve started to realize I need a bit more from my journal than what I started with. I just found your blog and I’ve already experimented with a few collections you’ve posted about. Loving it so far! A brain dump is next, I think, just in time for the new year!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Sounds great, Lisa! I hope you enjoy it as much at the others ?

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