Once a month, I sit down and plan on what projects I want to tackle. The priorities get placed on the monthly page of my bullet journal. I then use that short list to decide what steps in these projects I want to add to my daily to do list. It's a system that works for me, but I couldn't make these lists without the good ol' brain dump.
I am a clear surfaces, tidy spaces sort of person. I dislike clutter whether it is physical, digital, or mental. When my mental clutter gets too great, I sit down, open Trello, and brain dump everything that is on my mind. No matter if the idea is big or small, it goes on a Trello board. That way, whatever is on my mind ends up in a central location where I can deal with it as necessary.
Long ago, I realized that that writing things down helped keep my stress level low. When I don't brain dump, I grind my teeth which leads to a tight jaw, tight shoulders, and, ultimately, lower back pain. (It's weird how mental stress shows up physically.) When I get a knot in my lower back, it's usually a good indicator that I need to brain dump to take stock of everything that is on my mind.
Do you brain dump? If so, what's your favorite way to track everything?