How to Declutter Your Mind for Positive Results

Updated on January 18, 2020
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Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds, you can grow flowers or weeds.

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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

  1. Weight issues.
  2. Insomnia
  3. Dramatic changes in eating patterns
  4. Uncontrollable anger
  5. Physical symptoms which have no reason to be there
  6. Compulsive obsessive behavior
  7. 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.

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    © 2020 Nitin Khaire

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      • nitinkhaire profile imageAUTHOR

        Nitin Khaire 

        6 weeks ago from Mumbai

        It is wonderful to know that you are already doing some of these things. Thank you for your encouraging comments.

      • SwamanMeenal profile image

        Meenal 

        6 weeks ago from Singapore

        I am happy to see that I am doing few things out of this list.

        Nice article.

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        Nikhil Sharma 

        2 months ago from India

        A huge thank you for creating such an amazing piece on self-improvement sir. We all want to achieve positive results in our life, whether it's about investing, maintaining healthy relationships, or looking for a better life partner. But the most important thing we forget is about changing ourselves. Specifically, changing our cluttered mindset as you said. The earliest we will understand that and applies to our life, the sooner we will start seeing positive outcomes in our lives.

      • nitinkhaire profile imageAUTHOR

        Nitin Khaire 

        4 months ago from Mumbai

        Thank you Mahesh for your feedback and observations.

        Yes, multitasking has made robots out of human beings.

        It has its benefits too but the price we have to pay is more than the benefits.

        The modern-day worker is stressed out and at the end of his nerves constantly.

        These principles of decluttering and relaxing will add more calm and tranquility to his chaotic lifestyle.

      • nitinkhaire profile imageAUTHOR

        Nitin Khaire 

        4 months ago from Mumbai

        Thanks, Vidya for your feedback. It keeps me going to write better articles in the future. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule and writing your valuable comment.

      • nitinkhaire profile imageAUTHOR

        Nitin Khaire 

        4 months ago from Mumbai

        Thank you, Sumit for your detailed comments and observations.

        Yes, we need to shy away from the temptation to multitask.

        Instead, focussing on one thing at a time will yield better results in the long run.

        I am so glad that you have found my article useful.

      • nitinkhaire profile imageAUTHOR

        Nitin Khaire 

        4 months ago from Mumbai

        Thank you Suchismita for your positive comment.

        Decluttering the mind can indeed become a tricky exercise but I believe, once we learn the tricks, it will become easier and easier to do so and live stressfree lives always.

      • nitinkhaire profile imageAUTHOR

        Nitin Khaire 

        4 months ago from Mumbai

        Absolutely Mr. Krishna. These activities are needed to remove all tension and stress from the mind and live relaxed, calm lives.

      • nitinkhaire profile imageAUTHOR

        Nitin Khaire 

        4 months ago from Mumbai

        Prantika well said. If the mind is cluttered with many unwanted things, it makes our lives unproductive and chaotic. I appreciate your efforts to just be calm and relaxed. You mentioned that your mind is not feeling relaxed in spite of listening to relaxing sounds like the chirping of birds. I would suggest that you try some other way to relax and calm your mind which works for you. It may be listening to soft and soothing music or just closing your eyes and breathing deeply. Whatever works for you, please keep on doing it. Hope this helps you.

      • nitinkhaire profile imageAUTHOR

        Nitin Khaire 

        4 months ago from Mumbai

        Hi Ashutosh. Yes, we cannot do away with technology completely and neither is it advisable. We need to, however, control it before it starts controlling us like a modern-day Frankenstein.

      • nitinkhaire profile imageAUTHOR

        Nitin Khaire 

        4 months ago from Mumbai

        Thank you so much Carolyn Fields for your wonderful feedback. It's encouraging to know that my articles are adding value to you.

      • Mahesh Chandra Gaur profile image

        Mahesh Chandra Gaur 

        4 months ago

        An inspiring article with brilliant usage of quotes and mention of research reports for engaging the reader. In a modern-day scenario with various organizations demanding multitasking ability in employees, they feel burdened sometimes due to a hectic work schedule and tight deadlines. Such articles could be really motivating for them to regain positivity. Keep writing such articles.

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        Vidya21 

        4 months ago

        Awesome article!

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        Sumit Chakrabarti 

        4 months ago from Kolkata

        Awesome article! An eye-opener for people who are struggling to keep negative thoughts at bay. There are various external as well as internal reasons why that trigger negative mindsets, and those reasons have been depicted clearly in this article. Personally, I have found the pointers like doing one thing at a time and taking time to relax quite useful. I was at the wrong sides of those factors some time back. It has now become imperative for everyone to read a write-up like this to get rid of stress and low self-esteem. Excellent job Nitin!

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        Suchismita Pradhan 

        4 months ago from India

        Controlling mind is a tricky game,if you fail to control it,it will control you.The world is full of garbages and somehow knowingly or unknowingly we are pulling them inside our mind making our cerebrum confuse.So decluttering is important.Thanks for sharing the simple techniques for doing it.looking forward for your new article.

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        Halemane Muralikrishna 

        4 months ago from South India

        Mr Nitin, your article is yet another eye-opener for those who are getting tense and feeling depressed for silly things. Mind decluttering, relaxing and cooling down process followed by self-motivational activities will certainly have wonderful benefits for personal development. Thanking you.

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        Prantika Samanta 

        4 months ago from Kolkata, India

        Thank you Nitin for selecting the topic and elaborating on this. Decluttering is the need of the hour for many people. Rightly said, too many thoughts in the mind that lead to nowhere need to be eliminated. Too much space in the mind is consumed by these thoughts. I have tried to stop thinking and listening only to the chirping of the birds or simply relax. While relaxing or listening to chirping of the birds, minds filled with thoughts start wandering and thoughts (nonproductive) pop up. Can you please throw some light on how to declutter in such a situation?

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        Ashutosh Joshi 

        4 months ago from New Delhi, India

        Can we really seperate ourselves from technology that is embedd in our thought process? For me, in this age decluttering in real sense in next to 'nirvana'. Meanwhile we're just contended with the pop culture of detox.

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        Carolyn Fields 

        4 months ago from South Dakota, USA

        Excellent advice. Thank you!

      • nitinkhaire profile imageAUTHOR

        Nitin Khaire 

        4 months ago from Mumbai

        Thank you Prateek for your consistent and wonderful comments. They inspire me to write better hubs. It is important to declutter our minds regularly so that we can function optimally. It will make our life easier and more productive.

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        Prateek Jain 

        4 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

        What a wonderful article Nitin sir. You always bring something new and informative everytime. Apart from having an immense knowledge you also express it very well. It is always worth to read your articles and learn something new which can significantly improve my mindsets by following your advice. Thanks for sharing this amazing article.

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