~~ Guest Post contributed by Susan Brennan ~~
Do you ever feel like your head is spinning with the enormous amount of activity that’s constantly taking place? It’s like your brain never gets a break, so you don’t feel like you can take one either.
Well, here’s where it stops!
Mind clutter is one of the worst offenders in the Family of Disorder, and it’s time we took it down, once and for all! Whether you’re tired of feeling tired, constantly losing your train of thought because you’re overwhelmed with too many things, or you just can’t seem to keep track of your To Do list because half of it never gets down on paper, you’re going to benefit from implementing these easy tips!
Here are some ways you can Clear Your Mind Clutter:
Get it out of your head! The very best way to clear clutter is to start by clearing it out. As soon as you think of something that is distracting you, taking up mind energy, or bogging down your brain space, take that first step to clear your mind clutter by getting it out of your head!
a) Write it Down – I always like to have pen and pad handy to write down any thoughts that come my way. Are you quicker at typing than writing? Email yourself that little nugget you just thought of, and save a tree while you’re at it.
b) Audio Record it – I have a little recording device that I keep in my car for those moments of brilliance that come to me when I’m not at a place to write anything down. Most cell phones these days also have this capability.
Stop focusing on all of the things you have to do, and start focusing on the most important task in front of you. If you’re spending your time stressing over what is to come, you will have a hard time getting things done. Put that energy towards completing the project at hand, instead of racking your brain on all of the other things you could be doing.
Focus on one task at a time. Allow yourself to become totally immersed in that project, and put everything else off until you’ve completed it. For instance, when you decide that you’re going to spend time answering emails, turn off your phone, close your internet browser (stop checking Facebook!), and set your timer for 15 minutes. Once those 15 minutes of pure focus are up, you’ll be amazed at how much you were able to accomplish.
Allow yourself to take breaks periodically. They don’t have to be long breaks, but give your mind some time to relax, without heavy thinking, so it will be more apt to cooperate with you when you need to do some intense thinking!
Don’t be too hard on yourself. This is a process, and you already took the first step by reading this post! Now take some time to celebrate, and make a commitment to try this again next time you start to feel overwhelmed. Each time you work to clear your mind clutter, you’re one step closer to making it a habit! Wishing you all the success and happiness that comes with a clutter-free mind!
Susan Brennan is a speaker, personal assistant and productivity enthusiast. You can learn more about her and how she helps people Be Productive Vicariously, by visiting her website at www.consideritdonepersonally.com.