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Are you one of those people who get into bed and then think about all the things you have to do tomorrow. Maybe you go over your day and make mental notes: need to get Sam a new lunchbox, Should call mom, we’re out of dog food and eggs.
I am definitely this way. I have an ongoing grocery list and am constantly making notes in my planner of things I need to do tomorrow or this week. Forget the “Future Planning” section, it’s a novel in the making.
The best thing I have been doing lately is when I get into bed at night, I pull out my journal and dump my day into it. My successes, my lessons, my feelings, my concerns about the kids, plans of action, what I feel needs improvement.
I just empty my head. For me I think this helps me to process my day and make notes for what I need to do the next day and throughout the week.
Then I’m able to go to sleep without waking up in a cold sweat at 3 am thinking I need to call Judy to apologize for my thinking I hurt her feelings. So you know 3 am phone calls are not answered, and if they are, you’ll be apologizing for them later if it isn’t an emergency. Don’t do it! Wait until decent calling hours.
After you have emptied your brain into your journal, sleeping will come easier. The next day, you can then take your Brain Dump journal and make a “To Do” list, add things to your planner or calendar, and or make a shopping list.
Many of the thoughts you dump in this journal might give you more insight into yourself as a person. Getting to know yourself better if you will. You may even find some new interests you may want to pursue. Those may even turn into some promising short or long term goals for your future.
Once you start doing this routinely, it will become second nature. You will sleep better and accomplish more during the day. This could even get you well on your way to accomplishing those big goals you have for yourself.
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