It works like those horrible brainstorm charts your teacher used to make you do in school. Where you really only had a few thoughts on your mind, but she made you write 30. I have a dry erase board tacked up to my office door where I write out as many of my nightly thoughts as possible before bed.
They might be things I want to share with you in a blog post later in the week, or an idea I had for dinner, or even words to a song that have been stuck in there all day.
The point being that I write down every last thought so my mental slate is wiped clean for the night and I can unwind without thinking about any of the things I just wrote down.
A dry erase board isn't needed however, you can simply use good old fashioned pen and paper to get the job done; just something to drain your brain.
Try it for a week and see if it works for you!
(Photo by Sarahrae)