How To Declutter Your Mind
It is hard to work in a cluttered home. But a cluttered mind is worse. A cluttered mind can be restless and unfocused. It tries to move in many different directions at once and the result is that very little gets done.
Mental clutter can include all of the following: worrying about the future; ruminating about the past; keeping a mental to-do list; complaints; and so on. There are strategies and techniques you can use to clean out some space in your head, that I’ll explain below.
Decluttering your physical space can help you think more clearly. When there is a lot of clutter around you, it is harder for your brain to work. Clutter also makes it seem like there is always something else that needs to be done, and that’s mentally exhausting. As you declutter your physical space, you will find that your mind is also better organized and has less clutter in it.
Write things down. You can’t remember everything in your head. Choose a place to store all the stuff you need, like an app or notebook. This could include what you need to remember like appointments and phone numbers and ideas for future projects.
Keeping a journal and write in it about things that bother you. For example, writing about your worries or plans for the future. This is helpful because when you are doing something important and other thoughts come into your head, then it can keep them from interrupting what you are doing.
Learn to ignore the past. If you have a lot of things in your mind that are from the past, they may be holding you back. You don’t need to think about them when they’re not helping you and just making it hard to live in today. Let go of all those thoughts and memories that are just in the way and won’t help you in any way.
Don’t multi-task. If your house is messy and you need to clean it up, how would you start? By choosing one important area, like the kitchen table. Clear off all of the clutter on it. The kitchen table of your mind should be clear of everything except for the object that you are working on. It has nothing on it except for that one thing—the task at hand.
Make sure nothing else gets on the table. If something does get on the table, push it off your mind.
Unsubscribe from the unnecessary. In today’s world, there is a lot of information. Too much information can be too hard on the brain. So you will need to limit how much information you take in each day. Set a limit on the amount of time you spend on social media sites or browsing the internet. Don’t read blogs that are not making your life better. Make sure you only listen to people who have good credentials. Decide what information is important to you and ignore everything else.
Decide and prioritize. If you let all of your letters, bills, and requests from clients go without a decision on what to do with them, your inbox will fill up. To clear it out make decisions about each piece of paper. The same thing happens with your brain if you put off making decisions. Be decisive to clear out your brain!
When you have a simple decision, try the following: make a list of all the good things and bad things. Then, make another list of all the good things and bad things from those lists. When you have a more important decision, try using the WRAP Method recommended by Heath brothers in their book “Decisive”.
Habituate small, repetitive tasks. It is easy to think too much about all the many things you have to do. It is not good for your brain. You might need help with this. Try using a calendar or a planner to make sure you don’t forget anything and set up your routine tasks ahead of time. Eventually, you’ll learn to do these things on autopilot.
Need a mind detox? Try meditation. Meditation is when you focus on one thing. When you can take your mind to a single thing, all other thoughts go away. It’s like taking your car through a car wash and having useless thoughts washed away.
There is no universal solution for managing mental clutter, but there are strategies and techniques you can use to clean out some space in your head. Try the above tips to get started with decluttering the thoughts that weigh on your mind most heavily.