Using the "Brain Dump" to Improve your Workouts

When everything feels important, and everything seems like it needs to be done NOW, it gets tough to prioritize it all- and even more tough to keep yourself as a priority at all.  I recently learned a pretty awesome trick I want to share with you about "Brain Dumping" and organizing your tasks into Projects, Milestones, and Tasks. Start by setting a timer for 5 minutes.  Write as many things as you can think of that are on your mental To-Do list.  It doesn't matter how big or small the items are, just get the stuff out of your brain and dump it on a page.  Just this exercise alone can free you up to get it out of your head and onto something tangible so you know exactly what you are up against.

Here comes the good part:

You are going to separate your items in to Projects, Milestones, and Tasks.

Projects have lots of steps behind them and are a big outcome item, like "Plan my Wedding"

Milestones are action items that have to get done to make the project happen, but are done in smaller chunks.  For instance, "Sending out the invitation" requires that you have your contact list put together, a date selected, a location, and a theme for the invite itself before it can be sent.

Tasks are action items that typically take 30 minutes or less to do that are single item actions.  For instance, selecting the invitation.

So, go back to your Brain Dump and start organizing all of your items into the above categories, and then put about 3 tasks items on eavh day of your calendar.  You will be surprised how much doing this will organize your thoughts and time, and how much easier it will be to commit to your workouts when you don't feel so crazy about all the stuff you need to to!  Organizing it into these chunks helps you to know that you will get the jobs done, and that you don't have to sacrifice yourself in the process!