Doing a thought download is a practice that has helped me in so many areas of my life. I started doing it as a practice to stop overeating. But I have learned that is is simply a good practice to help get the jumbled thoughts out of my head. This helps me start my day with some intentional thinking so I can increase the likelihood of meeting the day’s goals. Some people call this practice a brain dump.
I find when I am thinking about a problem or a challenge my thoughts get all mixed up with my usual habitual thinking. It’s hard to recognize a problem thought that my brain has turned into an automatic thought pattern. Once I start peeling it all apart and writing it down I can begin to think better thoughts to change the outcomes. Sometimes I am surprised by the thoughts once I get them down on paper.
There are no rules.
You cannot mess it up.
There is no right or wrong.
I recommend you do this on paper rather than typing it out. There is something powerful in the connection between your brain and your hand. Start writing whatever’s on your mind. Write for two to three minutes. More if you’re on a roll. Empty out your mind onto the paper.
If it’s just not going to happen on paper, you can type your thought downloads.
You can start with some prompts to get you started if you feel stuck.
Today is going to be a ______ kind of day.
Fill in the blank and then begin to write about why you think the day is going to go that way. Is there anything you can do to have a better day? There are some more prompts at the bottom of the post.
If you are working on stopping overeating you can write down what you ate yesterday. Are you happy with your choices? Why or why not? Did you struggle with anything in particular? What is your eating plan for today. Are there any challenges you’ll face that you can work through before you get to them?
Truly, you can write about anything. Just free write and see what comes.
I hope you’ll give this a try and see how things can change if you start your day by clearing out your thoughts on paper.
This post is a part of a 30 day series for the Ultimate Blogging Challenge. For more in this series click here for the main page with all the links.
Review of Atomic Habits by James Clear
4 Steps to Rock Your 2019 Goals
Managing Urges to Overeat
3 Simple Things You Can Stop Doing to Lose Weight
Developing a Habit to Change Negative Thinking
6 High Performance Habits That Can Make You Extraordinary
Understanding the Difference Between Physical Hunger and Emotional Hunger
Putting the Compound Effect to Good Use in Your Life