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  • Writer's pictureChristine Willing, M.Ed., NCSP,

Spring Clean Your Mind: The Power of Brain Dumping, Organizing, and Prioritizing for Success

Spring is the perfect time to declutter not only your physical space but also your mental space. It's time to let go of old thoughts, worries, and stresses that are holding you back from achieving your goals. One way to do this is through a productivity technique I use myself and with my therapy clients that involves brain dumping, organizing, and prioritizing thoughts to decrease stress and prioritize your success.

Brain Dumping

Brain dumping is a technique used to free up mental space by writing down all your thoughts, ideas, and to-do lists. By getting everything out of your head and onto paper, you can reduce mental clutter and increase focus.

To start, grab a pen and paper or use a digital tool and set a timer for 5-10 minutes. Write down everything that comes to mind, without worrying about grammar or punctuation. Once the timer goes off, take a break, then review what you've written and organize it into categories.


After brain dumping, it's time to organize your thoughts into categories. This process helps you see what's important and what can be let go. Some categories could be work, personal life, health, relationships, and finances.

Organizing your thoughts into categories can help you prioritize what's important and identify areas where you need to focus your attention. You can use a planner, digital tool, or a bullet journal to organize your thoughts. Once you've identified your priorities, it's time to act.


Prioritizing is the key to achieving your goals. After identifying your priorities, it's time to create a plan of action. Decide which tasks are the most important and go ahead and schedule them in your planner.

Start with small, achievable goals and build from there. Focus on the tasks that will have the most impact on helping your mind rest. Remember, it's okay to let go of tasks that are not essential or that can be delegated to someone else.

Spring cleaning your mind can be just as rewarding as decluttering your physical space. Brain dumping, organizing, and prioritizing are effective techniques to help you achieve your goals. By taking the time to declutter your mind and focus on what's important, you'll be able to move forward with clarity and purpose. Remember to start small, be consistent, and celebrate your successes along the way.

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