Brain Dump - A New Cure for Overwhelm

Lisa Crilley Mallis, time strategy visionary, SystemSavvy Consulting, LLC

A New Cure for Overwhelm

Lisa Crilley Mallis, time strategy visionary, SystemSavvy Consulting, LLC

Brain congestion – you’re so overloaded with to-do that you don’t know where to begin.  Your current to-do list isn’t helping. The easiest way to get out of this stuck state is to do a “brain dump.”

First close your eyes and take a deep breath.  Open your eyes and write down everything that comes to your mind.  Don’t judge, don’t categorize, don’t think – just capture each thought.

Once you have dumped everything out of your brain, then you can look at each entry and decide each step.  Typically those items cluttering up your mind will fall into the following categories:

Reminders – Pick up milk, start presentation in 3 weeks
Tasks – Call client, RSVP for event, send out agenda
Delete – Tasks that were floating in your brain but once examined aren’t really important
Delegate – Tasks that do not need your personal attention, but do need to be completed

Planning – All the projects you want to work on

NOTE:  Some of my client are verbal processors and tend to do this exercise by speaking into an app on their phone rather than writing a list.

Now that everything is out of your brain, it is much easier to prioritize the next step.  You know that feeling when you clean out a closet or drawer and feel the relief? This is your brain decluttered!

Use this tool often, whenever you feel stuck, unproductive or overwhelmed. It’s easy and very effective!

 Lisa Crilley Mallis, time strategy visionary, combines her experience in education and coaching with her love of schedules, systems, and time management to create personalized and easy to implement solutions. Every person deserves the opportunity to live the life of their dreams feeling in control and bringing balance into their lives.  The crazy, “I’m so busy” feeling does not have to be way of life.   You can live a life where every day is productive, rewarding, and fun!

Lisa is also the author of Your Time. Your Life:  The Busy Woman’s Guide to Simplify Your Day and 30 Days to Success:  An A.W.E. Inspired Journal. 

She lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with her husband Lou and his dog, Neuton.  She loves chocolate, the beach, and country music.  Contact Lisa at