How to Declutter Your Mind for Positive Results
Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds, you can grow flowers or weeds.
Do you know how important it is to declutter your mind regularly? Are you aware that an uncluttered mind increases productivity exponentially? If you want to learn how to unclutter your mind in a powerful way, please read on.
To begin with, here are 7 signs or symptoms of a cluttered mind.
7 Signs You Need To Unclutter Your Mind
- Weight issues.
- Dramatic changes in eating patterns
- Uncontrollable anger
- Physical symptoms which have no reason to be there
- Compulsive obsessive behavior
- Being tired all the time
A cluttered home or office is bad enough but a cluttered mind is even worse.
A cluttered mind is unable to focus. It is troubled with confusing thoughts.
It runs all over the place and as a result, it indulges in many activities that are non-productive.
In other words, there are a lot of activities but no results.
A mentally cluttered mind has the following characteristics:
- Keeps thinking about the past;
- Has fears of the future
- It is always complaining
- It’s never thankful and happy.
If you have a cluttered mind, don’t panic.
There are ways to be set free from it and enjoy a clean, beautiful mind.
Below you’ll find ten ways to declutter your mind.
After following these steps, you will feel lighter, less worried about the future and become more productive in thoughts and in your work.
1. Do First Things First
Famous American poet Bill Copeland had rightly said, “the trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”
When you set the right priorities in your life, things will start falling in place.
Decide what things are of utmost importance to you.
In other words, list down your life goals.
Make an action plan to make those goals a reality in your life.
Divide your time in such a way that each goal receives equal time.
These priorities may change with the passage of time but keep checking periodically to know if they are still serving your life goals.
2. Maintain A Diary Or Personal Journal
Writing down your thoughts will help you to organize them and to think more clearly.
Writing about stressful events has long been known to cause improvements in health and psychological well-being. Now, a new study provides clues as to why that is.
The research, published in the September issue of APA’s Journal of Experimental Psychology: General (JEP: General) (Vol. 130, №3), indicates that expressive writing reduces intrusive and avoidant thoughts about negative events and improves working memory. These improvements, researchers believe, may, in turn, free up our cognitive resources for other mental activities, including our ability to cope more effectively with stress.
In the past few years, research has hinted that a cognitive mechanism may help explain the link between expressive writing and health, notes the University of Texas psychologist James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D., who has taken the lead, in the past decade, in research on expressive writing and health.
He and his colleagues have found that the people who benefit most from expressive writing, tend to use more causal analysis and express more emotion in their writing, leading some psychologists to speculate that expressive writing helps people simplify and organize fragmented memories.
Writing in a journal is a wonderful way to analyze and organize your thoughts.
Writing daily in a journal or diary can also help alleviate or minimize anxiety and depression.
The reason being that it’s a healthy outlet to release pent up emotions, states a University of Rochester Medical Center report.
You don’t have to be a great writer to start writing in a diary.
For beginners, bullet journaling is a very easy technique to start writing.
3. Learn To Let Go
“Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Life has many memories—both good and bad. You need to learn to keep the good memories and let go of all the bad memories as much as you can.
Eliminating negative thoughts and fears help to free up mental spaces.
The best way to eliminate negative thoughts is to replace them with positive thoughts.
4. Avoid Doing Multiple Tasks At The Same Time
This may sound like unrelated but when you are doing multiple tasks at the same time, it affects your attention span, memory power and even creates additional clutter in your mind.
This clutter makes it difficult to filter in important information and impair your cognitive faculties.
You may be updating your Instagram while posting something on Facebook and trying to prepare your next office presentation on PowerPoint. This is not at all helpful.
Make a to-do list to keep things in perspective. Keep the to-do list simple and real. Write the list in descending order of importance.
5. Take A Deep Breath
Learn to take deep breaths. Deep breathing helps to clear your mind, makes your mind quiet and elevates your mood quickly. It lowers the blood pressure and has a calming effect on the heart.
Not only is deep breathing a stress-reliever, but breathing exercises also promote increased concentration and strengthens your immune system.
6. Tidy Up Your Workspace
People with a messy workspace or desk, are more frustrated and less productive. Their output is seriously affected by the clutter on their desks. So tidy up your workplace real fast.
Assign a proper place to everything so that it can be easily located. Get rid of things that are not necessary to you. Do this daily for maximum effect. This will help your mind to be tidy as well.
7. Be Decisive
Being decisive goes a long way in helping the mind to declutter. By putting off making decisions, the mind gets cluttered.
The pending decisions add more pressure on the mind and occupy mental space that could have been used for better purposes. So stop procrastinating about decisions that have to be taken.
Send that email. Write that message. Make a decision about the house you have been thinking of buying or selling.
8. Share Your Thoughts
Learn to be expressive if you are not so naturally. When a problem is brought out in the open, it is half solved there itself. Express yourself freely to family, friends and loved ones.
This has a therapeutic effect on your mind. You will get a fresh perspective on things. This will make your thinking clear and focussed.
9. Limit The Amount Of Time You Spend On The Internet
The internet is part and parcel of life in these days of the technological revolution.
But if we are not careful what and how much we consume of it, we will be clogging our brains continuously.
The internet has caused an information explosion and information overload. This can lead to overwhelm and confusion.
The best thing is to limit our internet intake to only the things we need at the moment.
This can be done by limiting the amount of time we spend on the internet- especially on social media.
Our value and worth do not depend on how many likes and shares we have received. That’s a deception of technology.
Even the owners of some major social media have realized this fact and have stopped showing likes statistics.
Also, avoid watching or hearing too many news channels and negative material.
10. Take Time To Relax
Finally, take time out for yourself!
Your brain needs to rest and recharge in order to perform optimally. So switch off your phones and laptops and take a walk on the beach or in the woods. Listen to the sweet chirping of the birds and the sound of crickets. Hear the majestic roar of the ocean. Be enchanted by the sound of the waterfalls. Take time to smell the roses and bathe yourself in the golden sunlight.
I can assure you that if you implement these 10 things, it will bring a mental declutter and transformation in your life.
You will start to enjoy life again.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Nitin Khaire