When you’re on a complex task, keep your brain at the top of its game: dump all important stuff on paper.

I don't know what it means (I searched in many different english dictionaries).

Translator can't even translate it into my native language.

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    I would recommend understanding what "at top of one's game" stands for first, not sure if you're unclear about that phrase or the fact that it's being used with brain as a subject. The meaning of "brain at top of it's game" is : To have a sharp/clear mind (the sharpest it can get).
    – Rakib
    Nov 14, 2023 at 10:51
  • thanks so much! Nov 14, 2023 at 11:05
  • Just to be clear, at the top of one's game referred originally to athletic sports, not chess or board games.
    – TimR
    Nov 14, 2023 at 11:06
  • I don't find it very idiomatic. The cited example (from a Brazilian programmer, not a native Anglophone) is the only instance of "brain at the top of its game" in Google Books (and there's nothing for your or one's instead of its). I suggest instead using keep you brain in tip-top condition, which finds hundreds of matches. Nov 14, 2023 at 11:21
  • It's not clear in any case how "dumping [sic] all important stuff on paper" keeps the brain at the top of its game.
    – TimR
    Nov 14, 2023 at 13:36

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on top of one's game is an idiom:

variants or at the top of one's game : doing something at one's highest level

at the top of its game in your example is close to the idiom and has similar meaning.

When you’re on a complex task, keep your brain functioning at its highest level...

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