Top 10 ways to declutter your mind
Do you have a million different thoughts racing through your mind?
Three years ago I was very reactive to my thoughts. I had no control over how to direct my thoughts and focus on one particular task at a time.
I would focus on certain things for a while but not be able to control this process.
Three years down the track after working with a mastermind group studying ” think and grow rich” I am acutely aware of this process.
A huge part of the awareness is the decluttering process. When you have decluttered your mind you are able to concentrate your whole focus on the job at hand “The Now”.
This enables you to bring all of your energy strength and concentration together so that you can make the best decision required for each situation.
This is very powerful and can literally bring amazing changes to your life.
So let’s take a look at how to remove the clutter from your mind or as my wise mentor says remove the chatter and noise from your mind.
1.Make a list of tasks. This will empty your memory bank and provide space for ideas to be created. Why store information when you can write it in a journal or on your computer. Get into habit of doing this and you will feel more at ease.
2.Write a diary or keep a blog.This is a good way of expressing your feelings and letting go of anxiety. Get into the habit of sitting down at a regular time and reflecting on your thoughts. Learn to heal through the written word. It becomes a form of therapy as you begin to master this process.
3: Get organised. Your mind will often be full of thoughts such as ‘Where did I put my wallet?’ or ‘Do I need to do a food shop today?’, which can sap your mental energy if they build up too much. To avoid this you should always be as organised as possible. There’s nothing more annoying than misplacing an item — your keys probably being the worst culprits — so always put important items in the same place.
4.Let go of negativity. You have the choice as to what thoughts you focus on. Your conscious mind can decide to harbor negative of positive thoughts. One creates negativity and the other creates positivity. Once again it’s your choice.
5.Learn to say ‘no’. Prioritize important tasks. Don’t fall into the trap of taking on too much just to please others. Trying to please others is a recipe for creating a slippery slope that is hard to negotiate. All of a sudden you will find that you don’t have time to do the things you want to do?
6: Avoid interruptions. This can be achieved by being organized and prioritizing your tasks. Create a timetable for you to work to especially if you are working from home. This is a great time management strategy as well. Work out your most productive times and lock yourself away to get things done.
7: Just do it – don’t put things off! Take action and you will remove procrastination from your vocabulary. Procrastination is addictive. The more you procrastinate the more you want to procrastinate. Learn to be an action taker, a doer so that it does not take hold of you.
8: Seek help. Fresh eyes looking at a problem can see things you may have missed. So if you get stuck ask for help. Enlist the help of a trusted friend. This person can become part of your mastermind group. They can assist you help you brainstorm situations and come up with brilliant ideas. Most successful people have somehow enlisted the help of a mastermind group to achieve their success.
9: Take a break. Some people just seem unable to give themselves a break — and by doing so they become more and more bogged down, so that eventually they can’t think straight and end up making mistakes. Taking a few minutes away from your current task or activity will help you to clear your thoughts and then come back more refreshed and with a greater clarity of thinking. A short break between tasks will make you far more productive than if you just attempt to wade through one consecutive task after another.
10: Be honest. This can be easier to do with others than yourself. How many times have you made up a little lie to excuse yourself from completing a task? “My computer is too slow today I’ll write my journal tomorrow”. Stop it be honest and learn to take a break as mentioned before. This will help you immensely because you will be silencing that negative inner critic that is trying to sabotage your efforts. You show it that you are in control by scheduling your break and not giving in to the voice of temptation.
Building some of these steps into your daily schedule will help you declutter your mind and begin to take control of your thoughts.
Taking action as soon as you can helps you to live in the now. This will successfully declutter your mind and you’ll then have more opportunities to think more creatively to produce amazing things.
If you need any more examples of decluttering your life please go to 12 ways to declutter your life.