Sweep Time (Groups, Hobbies, Avocations, Home, Workplace)

Meggin McIntosh
3 min readNov 18, 2022
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Hello! Welcome back to this series (you can find previous articles in the series here, here, and here) and now we will go to another set of prompts including the broad categories of groups, hobbies, avocations, home, and workplace. Use these prompts to scan around in your mind for ideas, tasks, projects, or commitments that you need to make note of because they’re residing in your brain and not in a system anywhere.

You’re encouraged to go ahead and have your module materials printed out so that you can be looking at them while I’m giving you an overview. Then, you may use these prompts to nudge various ideas from the recesses of your brain.

Page 28 — Groups

Although many different group types and names are listed here, it is still not an exhaustive list. Look through these prompts and see what comes to mind. Are there groups you want to inquire about so you can join? Are there groups that you belong to that you want to do something for? Is there something you envision could and should be a group and you want to get that started? Might there be a group that you belong to but realize it is no longer what you need and it’s been nagging at the back of your mind that you need to get out of this group? Make note of any and all of the bits and pieces related to groups — and then you’ll be able to get these tasks and actions into the queue later. For now, you’re simply noting what’s on your mind related to groups.

Page 29…hobbies and avocations

Maybe you need a hobby? Maybe you need to buy some “stuff” related to your side interest. Or do you want to turn something you love to do into a business? Whatever it might be, take a look at these prompts and just let your mind roll. There’s no need to judge anything you’re writing down at this time. You’re emptying out your brain so that you can look at what you’ve generated from your mindsweep at a later time then make the decisions and judgments you need to.

Pages 30 & 31…Home & workplace.

My my. There’s plenty here because this category is your home and workplace. Truly, you could invest an hour only on these two pages and release all the to-dos, wish-I-hads, wouldn’t-it-be-nice-ifs, and so forth that you have pent up in your brain.

Let it go! Get each item on your notecards or wherever else you’re capturing what’s being swept out of your brain.

There’s no need to rush. There will be another article with more ideas when you’re ready but for now, you have plenty to think about here with these prompts.

Here I am the most recent day I was leading a mind sweep for about 50 people. I wore a rainbow shirt and rainbow necklace to symbolize the “arc” of how this process goes.

Here I am the most recent day I was leading a mind sweep for about 50 people. I wore a rainbow shirt and rainbow necklace to symbolize the “arc” of how this process goes. Remember the rainbow!

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Meggin McIntosh

Meggin McIntosh, “The PhD of Productivity®”, invests time & energy with people who seek ways to be overjoyed instead of overwhelmed. https://meggin.com