What is more productive than a mom?
No, its not the beginning of a joke but I laugh typing because what job is more productive, at least in the very beginning than motherhood? Becoming a mom is THE single most productive experience, am I right? You nurture an original and priceless asset. You become CEO of Babies and Family.
Unlike a CEO though, our greatest challenge is actually getting things done beyond the care and feeding of that little person. Motherhood has a way of knocking our productivity off kilter like nothing else. Even once you regain your balance, it is hard to get back into the swing of things–now that there is so much more to keep on top of.
Your brain is crammed with too much to remember. You need a place of rescue. As a mom you need a strategy: one simple and tidy way to keep your thoughts organized and clean. Just a little change incorporated daily into your mom life will increase your productivity. What is this secret sauce?
Only the mere task of jotting your ideas down on paper.
You can choose a bullet journal or a Happy Planner or a plain notebook; whatever you choose, the first step is dumping all the contents in your brain onto the page.
Productivity Tools: Brain Dump or Mind Map
Experts in the realm of business productivity tout the benefits of two different techniques to clear your brain and generate ideas. As a bullet journalist, I use both mind maps and brain dumps for different reasons. Both aim to make room for new ideas and a fresh slate; both give you breathing room and decrease your anxiety. How?
When you spill your thoughts out of your brain, you free up valuable mindspace for reflection.
You clear the cache of your brain so it can work more efficiently.
A Brain Dump offers you:
- a quick, messy way to take the contents of your brain and unload them
- a splatter of ideas
- an effective way to set down swirling thoughts to come back to when there is time
- a comfort at the end of the day to ensure quiet sleep
A Mind Map gives you:
- an organized and connected web of ideas
- a graphic of related content or topics
- a diagram of your headspace
- a brainstorming tool that helps to generate and delineate ideas
Is one better than the other?
Short answer: no.
Both serve different purposes, though.
While a mind map allows you to visually organize ideas into a graphic, the brain dump might be the first step to building a mind map. A brain dump comes in handy if you fight anxiety or jumbled thoughts. A mind map can help take a big idea and break it down into deliberate parts or steps.
I find I use brain dumps for draining my brain of all the “noise” and squeeze out the conflicting thoughts clogging it. Dumps are especially helpful when I can’t sleep or am feeling overwhelmed.
A mind map is what I use after a brain dump when I begin to see a pattern emerge in my scribbles or if I am trying to build something like a unit study, a plan for the summer or organize the curriculum for the year.
These two productivity tools will give you breathing room and provide relief for an overstuffed mom brain. Used in combination with your bullet journal, you will find your peace and capacity to get things done increases. You will have a tool to move you from overload and overwhelm to contentment and proficiency.
Now who doesn’t want more of that in life?
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