Get Outta Ma’ Head!
In a world full of sleeping pills, deadlines, family schedules and anxiety, what could be the one thing that actually helps us manage all of it? I say it’s getting all of the chatter “Outta Ma’ Head”!
How many of the following situations can you relate to? One…two…ALL??
- Can’t fall asleep OR wake up in the middle of the night because you’re mind’s racing.
- Getting the kids and/or yourself ready in the morning but not really paying attention because your planning all the things you have to do in your head.
- Having a conversation with someone but in your mind you’re thinking, “I HAVE to get that email out today”.
- You’re working on a task but not truly focusing on it because you’re trying to figure out how you’re going to cram in X, Y and Z before the day’s out.
Your brain is amazing at what it does, but here’s the thing…it’s NOT amazing at keeping “to do” lists.
Give your grey matter a complex problem and it’ll solve it for you. Want to create something artistic? It’s got your back. Of course we all know that we tend to lean towards either right-side (analytical) or left-side (creative) dominance, but we all have the ability for both.
Trying to juggle appointments and tasks is not only inefficient but also doesn’t allow your brain to excel in the areas it was made for.
So…what should you do to get rid of the non-stop whirlwind going on in your head? It’s actually quite simple – get the “stuff” out of there!
3 Steps to Cleaning Your Brain
The first thing that you have to do is to pick a tool/method to record your information that works for your style. You might be an all-digital kinda person or you might be into pen & paper “kickin’ it old school”. Either way is 100% awesome…the key is to actually USE your chosen method, which we’ll cover in a bit.
- Franklin Covey – This is the grandfather of pen & paper organization. They have organizers to help you sort your tasks, plan your appointments and much more. They even have organizers for your laundry! http://franklinplanner.fcorgp.com/store/index.jsp
- Evernote – If you just need to get something out of your head fast Evernote could be the answer for you. This free software allows you to capture pretty much anything (notes, photos, audio and more). It’ll even sync it across all your devices (desktop/mobile). http://evernote.com
- Producteev – I haven’t personally used this software but I’ve heard good reviews about it. It’s another desktop/mobile solution that integrates into your email, google calendar and more. It’s free for individuals. Might be worth a try! http://www.producteev.com/home.php
- OmniFocus – Many of you know that I’m an Apple fan so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’d have an Apple exclusive recommendation to share. OmniFocus (OF) is a very robust piece of software built on the Getting Things Done (GTD) philosophy. If you’re not familiar with the concept and would like to learn more, check out the book HERE. There is a little bit of a learning curve but if you’re extremely organized and into technology I’d highly recommend this one. There are also versions for the iPhone and iPad. One caveat…the iPhone version isn’t quite as “stand alone” as the desktop and iPad versions. This one also comes with a pretty big price tag but you can take it for a trial run first, just contact support if you can’t find the trial link. http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnifocus/
- Misc – You might have a smartphone with a “reminders” feature, use Google tasks or Outlook. Heck you could use an old spiral bound notebook if that’s what you like. I want to reiterate that it doesn’t matter what tool you use, so long as you use it.