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I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of ideas! Since you are a small business owner, I bet that you have a lot of ideas, too! Human brains aren’t able to remember everything we think of, so the best way to keep track of all your ideas is to write them down. Today, I’m going to share the way that I use to keep up with all my brilliant (and not so brilliant!) ideas.
What is Mind Dumping?
Mind dumping is the process of writing down all the ideas that you come up with on a daily basis. For me, these may be blog posts, craft projects, design ideas, recipes to try, motivational quotes I come across, and anything else. Ideally, you spend 10 to 15 minutes a day writing down ideas that have crossed your mind since the last time you wrote them down.
Some people like to write down ideas as soon as they get up in the morning, but I prefer to write down my ideas before I go to bed. The idea behind mind dumping is to free your brain to think of new ideas and concentrate on things you are working on; instead of trying to remember ideas.
The best thing about mind dumping is a book full of ideas to reference. When I’m having a creative block, I head to my idea book to get through it. Usually, within a few minutes, I’m crafting a new project. If you need more help to get unstuck from a creative rut, head to this post.
Three Easy Ways to Mind Dump Daily
- Write all of your ideas down in a notebook reserved for ideas. You don’t need anything fancy. A simple spiral notebook works well.
- Write all your ideas on small pieces of paper and put them in a jar. Again, no need for any fancy paper or jar – post it notes and a mason jar work great.
- Use a note taking app on your phone, tablet, or computer to record your ideas daily. There’s a number of them available, one of my favorites being Evernote.
My Challenge to You
For the rest of the week, mind dump daily and see if it helps you focus better on daily tasks and remember your ideas.
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Since 2015, Christine Schinagl has been helping crafters start and run craft businesses through her blog, Cutting for Business. As a Silhouette and Cricut crafter herself, she has a unique take on what works and what doesn’t work in the craft business world. She also teaches a course on creating digital SVG designs, available at How to Design SVGs.