You mentioned messy, well here the mess is! ☺
Giving this exercise another try, definitely directed me to pull every thought out of my mind and on to paper. I think a couple of times I checked the timer to reveal that I was only 5 or 10 minutes into the mix.
Now sitting back in my desk chair and looking over the random words that somehow and someway connect to one another ¬– forms me to feel that the next step that I want to create is a word map of these words or phrases. Perhaps, this will help guide me into organizing my thoughts a little better.