The Secret to Clearing Mental Clutter

I fear I am not in my perfect mind.

King Lear

Cluttered Mind = Cluttered Life

Clutter comes in all shapes and sizes, including mental clutter. Mental clutter is anything that prevents us from thinking straight and clear. Usually is caused by overstimulation, postponed decisions, fear, anxiety, GTD syndrome (get things done), multitasking, etc. It builds quickly, creates chaos, and makes things overwhelming – it affects our life immensely.

 

Mental clutter hinders our ability to grow. If we want a better tomorrow, we need to consider cleaning our minds of it. Our entire life will become calmer, more enjoyable, and the quality of life will increase while maintaining our mind sharp and focused most of the time.

 

I really like the quote from Gail Blanke:

When we throw out the physical clutter, we clear our minds.
When we throw out the mental clutter, we clear our souls.

It’s time to throw away our mental clutter, free up some headspace, and take responsibility for our lives.

The Secret to Clutter-Free Mind

We can declutter our mind with simple actions which are almost guaranteed to have a positive effect. Little things make a big difference, especially when used in combination. Choose a few to try out and see if they work for you.

1. Do Less

The best advice/secret I can give you to free your mind from clutter is to simply do less. Take your To-Do list and cross off half the things on it. Just pick 1 to 3 most important tasks and get them done today. Let the rest go away. If you do less, you’ll have less on your mind, you will be freer and happier.

The simplest, yet most effective advice from the entire list. Take a few deep breaths for a couple of minutes. Just focus on breathing, nothing else. It will calm your mind and your body. Tension will melt, and mental clutter will float away.

3. Single Task

I wrote more about single-tasking in my post True Change Today – Single Task, so now I just want to share a powerful quote that captures the core of the message.

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand, the sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.

Alexander Graham Bell

4. Write it Down

When you have too much on your mind, it’s clouding your decisions, making you lethargic, prone to procrastination, overwhelmed, and sleepy. It seems impossible to do everything at once. Write down your tasks and ideas. Once on the paper/notes app you will realize that is not as hard and impossible as it seemed in your mind.

5. Sleep More and/or Take A Nap

The mind-body connection is no longer up for debate. Sometimes you aren’t getting enough sleep, and your mind is struggling to function properly. Without sleep, our minds get clogged with mental clutter fairly easily. If you can’t get at least 6 to 7 hours of quality sleep during the night, take a strategic 5-25 minutes power naps during the day, and restart your mind. If you don’t try it, you won’t realize how much your sleep (or lack thereof) is affecting you.

6. Share Your Thoughts

Talking to friends and loved ones about how we feel, and what is on our mind is a great way to release all the emotions, thoughts, and stress. Share your thoughts with others so you can get a fresh perspective that can help you think more clearly and make better decisions.

7. Clean Up Your Actual Clutter

If we have a cluttered mind, the result is obvious and visible in our personal life. Clean your wardrobe, bedroom, office, desk, and house to get some clarity. Tidying up and decluttering our physical space encourages and improves mental clarity and frees up headspace.

Few other tips:

 

It’s not possible to completely eradicate mental clutter from our minds and lives, but simple changes in our daily life can drastically improve the situation. Good enough is the new perfect

 

Do you have any more tips for our readers? Share them in the comments below.

 

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