Do you want to reduce mind clutter and gain clarity? Most of us do at some point. You are thinking about your finances, having to drop off your kids to their sports activities, what to make for supper, how to organize your home, all the work you need to do at your workplace, calls you need to make to clients etc. The list never ends. We live in such a fast passed society that this has become the norm. However, if you follow these simple steps to help reduce mind clutter, you will feel more peaceful, focused and happy!

1. To-do lists – If your mind is full of the things you need to get done, write them down. If you have a long list of to-do’s, not to worry, focus on completing the most important ones first. Put dates beside each task for when you want the task to be completed. Give yourself ample time to complete the tasks and just focus on the ones with the earliest completion date.

2. Declutter – If you have a cluttered home, chances are you have a cluttered mind. A cluttered room is a constant reminder of what you need to do to get it organized. Whether it is getting rid of some of your belongings, organizing your kitchen cupboards, or clearing off your desk, it is a constant reminder that these tasks have to be done. Also, if your rooms are cluttered, chances are you will not find an item when you need it. Not finding your items leads to stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed. Declutter your home and it will help declutter your mind.

3. Don’t multi-task – I say this often and it is so true. I know sometimes we have no choice but to multi-task, but whenever possible focus on doing one thing and complete it before going on to the next task. Our mind gets full of clutter when we are trying to do several things at once.

4. Journal – Taking out a journal and writing down what’s on your mind is a great way to declutter the brain. Your journal will be yours alone so you can journal about whatever you like. It could include your goals, your dreams, favorite movies, whatever is bothering at the moment and how you plan to fix it. By writing everything down, you are releasing the information and clearing mind clutter.

5. Have routines in place – The more you and your family have routines in place the better. Do you get up at the same time each day? Do you have your clothes for work and your children’s clothes picked out the night before? Do you have your meals for the week written down with a list of any grocery items you need to buy? These are just a few ways you can have schedules in place which will help reduce brain clutter.

6. 15 mins a day – Take at least 15 minutes a day and chill out. Take this time to clear you brain, relax, schedule a massage, meditate, do whatever you like to take your mind off of what is stressing you.

7. Talk it out – If you are really overwhelmed, stressed, have too many things on your mind, talk to a friend, your spouse, a family member or anyone that can help you let out what you are thinking. The more you talk it out, the better your mind clutter will be.

My challenge for you this week is to act on at least a couple of these tips. The more tips you do the better, and let me know which ones you did and if it helped your mind clutter. Good Luck!

Until next time,
Kathy

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  1. Janet Barclay
    Janet Barclay says:

    Sometimes it seems like it’s okay to multitask when one of the tasks doesn’t require full attention, but that can backfire too. I was recently downloading a file and it was taking a long time so I decided to do something else in a different window on my computer. When the notification popped up that the file was ready to download, because I forgot I was waiting for it, I just closed it instead of clicking on the button to save the file. Guess what – I had to start the process all over again!

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  2. Linda Samuels
    Linda Samuels says:

    Even after organizing for over 20 years, I’m still amazed at the correlation between physical and mind clutter. The physical clutter in our lives takes an emotional and mental toll too. Addressing one helps with the other. Yet, as you pointed out, physical clutter isn’t the only cause of mind clutter. The other strategies you’ve suggested will help too.

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