Are you tired of forgetting about certain little things every single month? I know I was. It seemed that no matter what, I would always forget to schedule our dentist check-ups or missed a birthday. But this was only until I starting using a brain dump journal.
Yeah I know it sounds funny, my fiancé already told me that haha! But it is literally exactly what is sounds like but just in case this is your first time hearing about it, I’ll explain it all below.
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What does brain dump mean anyways?
Like I said, it literally means exactly how it sounds. You “dump” out everything you are thinking about onto a piece of paper or journal. The whole purpose of this is to let everything out of your brain so that you can have a clear mind afterwards.
There are several different methods for doing a brain dump exercise, but in my case, I focus on brain dumping specific thoughts that will help me have a more productive month.
However, you could also do this just to let out your worries, your fears or any questions hovering in your mind. Literally anything can go on paper when brain dumping.
But if you’re like me, you’re a super busy working mama who needs to find a more productive routine. You’re tired of forgetting the small little tasks that could create a bigger mess later on. And even though we don’t mean to, we have mastered the art of procrastination.
So instead, it’s time to do things a bit differently and start off your months in a much more productive way. And that’s exactly where this Brain Dump Journal comes in.
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Monthly Brain Dump Journal
If you’re ready to get a head start and have a productive month every single month, then this Monthly Brain Dump Journal is perfect for you.
This super cute Monthly Brain Dump Journal includes everything you need to help you clear your brain at the beginning of each month. Plus, I’m a sucker for quotes, especially motivational ones so there’s a few listed throughout the journal to help lighten up your mood!
Here is everything that is included in this Monthly Brain Dump Journal:
– Monthly brain dump worksheets for the entire calendar year
– Sections to brain dump monthly priorities, goals, reminders, birthdays and events
– Positive and motivational quotes to set the mood for the upcoming month
– A U.S. Holidays cheat sheet so you never forget about a holiday again
Want a sneak peak inside?
There is a page for every month in this Monthly Brain Dump Journal. On each page, there’s a section for you to list out several thoughts to help you get organized ahead of time.
I highly recommend you complete this monthly brain dump within the first week of the month. This can in the ending days of the month prior or the first few days of the new month. This way, you’re clearing out all of your thoughts to get you prepared for what’s to come.
Here’s a few tips on how to actually use this journal and what to focus on when brain dumping into it.
Now, we all know things change consistently which is exactly why your priorities will never be the same month to month. So in this section, you should really aim to think about what your true priorities are, for that specific month only.
Perhaps you’e been wanting to clear out and organize the garage. Or maybe it’s time for your kids to go back to their extra-curricular activities. Either way, every month will likely change so dump out all the priorities you think you should focus on for the month and add them to your journal.
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Here is where you will add your monthly goals, which may or may not change each month. However, short-term goals typically seem a bit easier to reach and they do say it takes 30 days to adapt to a new routine. So hopefully by the time the end of the month comes around, you would have achieved the goal you set for yourself and can start a new one.
For me, this means working out… consistently. Not whenever I feel like it, or every other week LOL. But for me to actually achieve it, perhaps I should start off small and gradually work my way up. For example, in January maybe I give myself a goal of working out twice per week for 30 minutes each time. Then in February, I can either increase this to 3 times per week or keep it at twice per week but for an hour each time. Get the idea?
The point is to give yourself achievable monthly goals and reevaluate or add new ones each month.
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Now here is pretty much the core of the brain dumping exercise. This is where you want to literally list out everything you know that is coming for the month. Maybe it’s time to schedule that doctor’s appointment. Or maybe it’s something way smaller like remembering to pack your husband’s lunch (because you keep forgetting).
Oh and if it’s your turn to bring snacks for the kiddos at their soccer game, you probably should write that down LOL! In fact, that would probably be two reminders: 1) buy snacks for soccer kids and 2) snacks turn on X/XX. << If I had done this early on, I would have saved myself so many last minute, late night trips to the grocery store haha.. whoops!
Birthdays / Events
Yup, this one is super easy. Who’s birthday month is it? Are there any holidays happening this month? Are there any other special celebrations that I need to be aware of?
These are all questions that should be answered in this section along with dates so you can easily reference them as needed. Plus, you’ll avoid the awkwardness of forgetting Auntie Sue’s birthday or spending 3 hours at the grocery store the morning of Thanksgiving LOL!
This is the last and final section of each Monthly Brain Dump Journal sheet. This is where you can dump out any other thoughts that could possibly help you start off the month in a more productive or positive way. This is also your final chance to let it all out and if you already think the month may be a bit rough, write out a few positive affirmations to help swing your mood.
Remember, the ultimate goal for using this Monthly Brain Dump Journal is to clear your mind and set you up for a successful month.
And you know what? Once you’re done with it for the month, stick it on your fridge so you can easily reference it anytime you need to! Or if you choose the online version, save it on your phone. ?
Grab your brain dump journal copy here.
Cheers to Productive Months Ahead Mama!
Well, I’m excited for you and can’t wait to hear what you accomplish with this new and simple method to get your life back on track. As moms, our kids can run us wild and drive us crazy so who can blame us for forgetting things? But not anymore mama!
Grab your brain dump journal here and let me know if you’ve used this method before or if it will be your first time. Share your thoughts below as I would love to hear from you!
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22 thoughts on “Brain Dump Journal for the Busy Modern Mama”
I love this brain dump for each month idea! I created a junk journal printable for kids mainly to work on their emotions by identifying them and venting to their journals. However, parents could also use my junk journal pages in their planners/journals themselves as well! I downloaded this to add to my planner! Thanks for sharing it!!
Oh that’s a great idea also LOL! I never thought about one for my son but now that you mention it, it might be exactly what he needs (especially to let me work during the day haha). Glad we got to pass ideas off to each other ??
I have just gotten used to having a few ‘brain dump’ pages in my regular planner. I like how you have really expanded on that idea with making a whole journal out of it to be even more organized and efficient.
Yes for sure it should be a reoccurring thing and thank you! I’m gad you find the method useful 🙂
I am a huge believer in this approach. I have a planner that I use that has sections dedicated to goals, things I’m grateful for, tasks and appointments.
Its great for staying on track and inspired.
My biggest challenge lately has been making time to use it! Thanks for this reminder ❤
That’s awesome! But yes, if you have it, use it lol! It’s definitely helpful ?
What a great idea! I tend to put my lists on post-its but I love the idea of including goals for each month too! And the quotes. What a nice touch. Thank you for sharing!
Haha I know a few people who prefer post-its as well but definitely goals every month helps ??
I love this idea. I’ve noticed that if I write something down in my planner or really anywhere it gets done. If it stays in my head, who knows!
Lol agreed! I always have to write or type it down otherwise I forget. So these brain dump sessions have been extremely helpful!
This is such a good idea i keep forgetting things and alot more since having kids, very helpful thank you
Lol right?! What is it about kids that makes us forget things easier ?
Thanks for sharing this! We are adding homeschooling our 5 year old twins into the busyness of our days next month! Hopefully I am successful in the planning I am doing now to help this be as smooth a transition as possible with work and everything else!
Oh man! Yup we will transitioning to distance learning so can’t really afford to not plan and be forgetful haha best of luck to you! ♥
My husband and I were just talking about this, although I don’t think he realized it. We were chatting about how stressful it’s been trying to remember everything I need to get done, and he was giving me advice. Basically saying he sits down and thinks for twenty minutes and writes everything he thinks of.
Sounds just like a brain dump to me! Haha 🙂
hahaha how funny! I guess guys do this too! ? but yup, definitely sounds like a brain dump session to me lol
What a great idea to use a brain dump journal. Trying to keep up with things in my head is not working out at all. This is a much more reliable option.
Haha nope, I tend to forget sooo many things if I don’t have it written down somewhere. So using this brain dump journal has really helped ??
Great post and idea. I’m past all of the baby brain and 50+ tasks to achieve with 4 children going in different directions but I will share it with my friends. Thank you.
LOL that’s awesome that you’re past this stage now haha and thanks for the share ♥
This looks awesome. I am bookmarking your post and sharing it with my mama friends.
Awesome, thanks for passing this along and sharing ♥