Does it make you feel like you are running a mile a minute in 10 different directions?
You can’t think clearly and focus when you are consumed by mental clutter. When our minds are clear, it stimulates creative thoughts. Those thoughts can’t get through when there is mental clutter in the way. It will deplete you of your energy and decrease your productivity.
Here are 6 tips to help you with mental clutter:
Just Breathe. Think of stressful situations that arise in your work day. How do you recover from them? Did you just get back to your desk after a stressful situation, and you sat down and can’t seem to relax? When you find yourself getting stressed, just stop and breathe for
Empty Your Mind. If you are carrying heavy mental clutter, sit for a few minutes, and write down everything that is on your mind. Don’t worry that it’s not organized; you can figure that out later. Just let your thoughts flow onto paper. After you do this, then you can put together a to-do list of everything you need to accomplish. Once everything is written on paper, you will see that some things really aren’t that important. It just felt good to write them down and get them out of your mind. Now you can let it go. If the thoughts aren’t related to things you have to do, keep a journal and jot down what you are thinking.
Destress Before Bed. Are you waking up in the middle of the night, thinking of things you need to get done the next day? Keep a pen and paper by the bed. If you wake up in the middle of the night, jot down your thoughts to have a restful sleep.
Unplug. Now more than ever, we have information being thrown at us from all types of media. We didn’t have this form of mental clutter 20 years ago, and it’s something many of us struggle with throughout the day. If this is adding to your mental clutter, unplug from the media for a day or week and recharge.
Take a Vacation. Sometimes we need to step away from the day-to-day mental clutter. Try taking a vacation. You don’t have to go anywhere elaborate or expensive. It can be a day at the beach, a picnic in the park, or a relaxing day trip.
Practice doing one or more of the above to release the mental clutter. Take note of how you feel after you do this. You will feel energized and revitalized. Don’t we have enough stress already? This is a stressor that we can control. Get your thoughts organized, and clear the clutter.
by Kristin MacRae
Organizing in RI