Has your brain even been so overwhelmed that you couldn’t think straight? Out of sheer desperation to quiet the chaos, have you ever just grabbed a notebook or sticky notes or a legal pad or ANYTHING to spill you guts onto via pen or pencil? Some call it Brain Dumping, others may call it Quieting the Chaos (okay, I haven’t heard anyone but myself say this). We’ve all been there a time or two. Here’s how I experienced and dealt with brain dump desperation.

Since returning from England, I was having a rather difficult time getting back into my blogging groove. I had been so organized in September and at the beginning of October, once I was back state-side it was hard getting blog posts up. Hang in there, lovely readers; I will be circling back around to brain dumping soon.

I had all these thoughts, to do’s, must do’s, blog post ideas rolling around in my head, and I couldn’t think straight. Legal pad lists didn’t help. My EDC (Foxy Fix Marina #5) wasn’t appealing to me for spilling my guts.

Out of desperation, I searched my office for a notebook, post its, ANYTHING that appealed to me. I wasn’t expecting to do this, but I grabbed my Mini Flex…


Now, I had not used my Mini Flex in a LONG time, almost a year. I don’t know why it was calling to my but it did.

Still set up when I last used it, I flipped to an empty page and let go. Page after page of whatever came streaming down from my head, down my arm, and out through my hand via the Pen.

Now, this does not mean I’m back in the Mini Flex as my planner, or I’ve suddenly abandoned my Marina. Farther from the truth!

Karine Tovmassian, of The Streamline Life, Thinker Extraordinaire, and Plannerology, said it during one episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Plannerverse: “Planner peace is whatever is working for you at that point in time.”

And apparently my brain needed the Mini Flex. Fellow planner addicts who’ve seen Carie Harling’s videos have heard this before. Sometime’s your brain just needed something different. My poor, confused brain needed a book full of disposable pages, ones I could rip out and recycle when all the tasks were done, not a bound book.

Have you ever experienced this? What manner of brain dumping (legal pad, sticky notes) helped you?

Links to Past Mini Flex posts:

Original Cover

Product Review: Mead Shopping OrganizHer

My Love of Mead Flex Binders

More Mead Shopping OrganizHer Findings

Mead Flex Binder as a Travel Notebook


Customizing Your Flex Binders

3rd attempt-desired design 2nd attempt-fall themed 1st attempt at new cover-fall themed

Mini Flex Covers

Flex Binder Collection

Product Review: Regular Flex Binder


Obsessed? I prefer the Term Enthusiast

Flex Binder Organization

Mini Flex Hoard in Use

Mini Flex Fridge Notepad (1)

Travel Flex Binder

© Cori Large 15-17 November 2016


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. candy
    Dec 16, 2016 @ 09:48:36

    I found an old notebook that I use to love to write in. After reading some pages it gave me inspiration to do some more writing. The ideas and words just flowed or dumped out of my brain. Felt darn good afterwards.


  2. Jen Monks
    Dec 16, 2016 @ 20:25:16

    I use anything Tother than a Post-It note. Those are just not big enough. I need big paper to clear my head. It always makes me feel better. I hope you feel less chaotic. Now I know I’m not the only one who does this!


  3. Shane
    Dec 21, 2016 @ 04:55:02

    I love crossing things off a list as I complete them but ripping the pages our sounds even better!


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