Clutter is not always external, many times internal mind clutter can cause problems such as the inability to focus, insomnia, stress, and difficulty prioritizing tasks. Mind clutter can be managed in several ways. Just like a cluttered room, by sorting your thoughts, recording them, and prioritizing them, you can better manage your thoughts and declutter your mind.
1. Set aside time to manage your mind clutter
The hardest part is often making or finding that quiet time to be alone with your thoughts. Think about your daily schedule and see if there’s a time when things are quiet where you can focus on decluttering your mind. For many people, the first thing in the morning works best; you may need to set your alarm a bit earlier, but you will feel calmer and less stressed throughout the day.
2. Write it down
By using a pen and paper, a planner, computer, mobile device, electronic calendar, or time management app, you can take those “to-do’s” out of your head and make it easier to see the big picture. Take a deep breath, clear your mind, then make some quiet time to write down all of those thoughts, hopes, dreams, goals, and everyday tasks. As new thoughts and tasks arrive, add those to a running list. Keep a notepad by your bed for middle of the night thoughts.
Decide what is urgent, necessary, non-urgent or unnecessary. Prioritize and tackle each item as needed. Determine what is most important to complete, and put those items on a to-do list or calendar. It is also fine to say “no” to tasks that you find unnecessary or do not bring you closer to achieving your goals.
Make time to give your mind a rest. Consider meditation to help calm your mind. Recent studies show that adult coloring books may also be helpful in clearing the mind. Schedule coffee breaks, a lunch out, short walks, a time for exercise, a massage, or time to spend on your favorite hobby.
Take time each day or each week to update this list, and it will really help to calm your thoughts to help you focus and get things done!
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