Tuesday, 21 July 2020

10 Easy Ways To Declutter Your Mind

Do you ever feel that your mind is just way too cluttered? You look at your excessively long to-do list, and you don't know where to start. You spend an hour trying to decide what to work on, yet you soon realise you can't focus and you feel overwhelmed and indecisive. If that sounds familiar, I've come up with 10 easy ways to declutter your mind that might just help.

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“Having a clear mind and a clear space allows you to think and act with purpose.” – Erika Oppenheimer

With a clear mind, you can be intentional with your day without distractions or letting brain fog getting in the way.

If you think about a computer when it has too many files open or it is running a programme, it becomes slow and overheated.

Our brains are the same. If your brain is constantly overworked, you can't focus. Let alone be productive and engaged.

1. Declutter Your Physical Environment

Physical clutter leads to mental clutter. So one of the easiest ways to declutter your mind is to declutter your space.

I have a few posts on decluttering if you are interested in where to get started.

2. Brain dump 

Do you ever get those constant reminders from your brain of "Don't forget",  "Remember to do..." These thoughts are taking up precious brain space that could be put to far better use.

Just grab a piece of paper and write down everything that comes into your mind.

Even better if you can categorise the brain dump, it will make it easier to organise into a to-do list later.

A brain dump enables you to easily declutter your mind of everything stored in your brain.

3. Keep a Journal

I honestly don't know where I would be without my journal. It allows me to download my thoughts, fears, anxieties and dreams all in the one space.

If you fancy giving journaling a go, I have a post all about 31 prompts for wellbeing, to help you get started.

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4. Batch your time 

If we go back to the idea of brain dumping, try grouping similar tasks together. That way, for example, if you have to go to the shops, you can do it all at once. Rather than ticking off a task and then realising a task further down your list means you have to do something similar.

If you group similar tasks, it allows you to entirely focus without your mind having to shift in and out of different tasks. 

By batching your tasks, there is a massive potential to save brain space, and you are less likely to end up with a cluttered mind. 

5. Stop multitasking

It is rare that multitasking is actually an efficient use of your time.

Our brains just aren't equipped for multitasking. 

Why? Because our short-term memories can only save a limited amount of information at once. 

By multitasking, we are effectively making our brains shift focus from one task to another, then back again. Unfortunately, this can actually mean that tasks take can longer. Not only because your brain can't focus, but because we naturally get distracted. That's my experience anyway. 

6. Limit the amount of information coming in 

An excellent way to declutter your mind is to limit the amount of information you are absorbing.

As with batching your time, it is also important not to allow for information overload (if that is possible). 

An excellent way to do this would be to take regular breaks. So for example, if you were batching meetings, make sure you have a break in between and a chance to digest the information before moving onto the next one. 

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7. Let go of the past

Sometimes the thing that clutters our mind the most is our tendency to live in the past. It could be anything from a past fear or for example, someone has told you that you weren't going to achieve something and that has always stayed with you.

As hard as it may be, think about how you can let go of the past. Is it by facing your fear and doing something someone told you that you would never achieve?

If you find what happened in the past is more limiting, perhaps counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) may be something that may work better to work through past issues with a professional.

8. Be Decisive

I do seriously need to take this on board. Procrastination is one of my worse traits. Whatever I do, self-doubt always creeps in, and I will doubt what I have written or said and how it will be interpreted. 

Instead, as long as you know what you have written or what your saying is correct, then just post it!

Today I spent an age writing some information for the pub. I changed it several times, only to end up going with the original piece. I spent about 15 minutes dithering, then had to print it and put it up. By the time I had finished a two-minute job, I couldn't remember what I initially set out to do. 

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9. Create routines

By creating a routine, it will reduce brain fatigue because you will just do what you need to get done without thinking about it. Instead of thinking "shall I do this or shall I do that", your brain knows just to do it.

It will also make you more organised because by making something a part of your routine you are less likely to forget it.

If you put your routine decisions on auto-pilot, you will free up precious brain space.

10. Detox social media

One of the best ways to declutter your mind is to have a break from social media. Sometimes we can just become overwhelmed by the constant flow of information even if it is positive.

Just pop your phone in another room, or face down at a certain time and only check it at your set intervals.


How do you declutter your mind?

Lots of love, 
Helen x

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8 comments

  1. I love doing brain dumps. I try to keep a notepad on me at all times so whenever I feel like I have a million racing thoughts I will jot them down so it feels like I'm not storing them all in my mind x

    Roni | myelevatedexistence.com

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    1. That's a great idea! I always get these great ideas and find I have nowhere to write them down :) x

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  2. Thanks for sharing, these tips sound great, I think getting out for a walk seems to help as it focuses my mind on the nature around me :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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    1. Thank you so much, Nic! It's amazing how getting out helps focus your mind isn't it :) x

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  3. These are some great ideas. I love to journal and get all my thoughts out on paper, I find it helps a lot. Thank you for sharing your suggestions.

    Lauren | www.bournemouthgirl.com

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    1. Thank you Lauren! Journalling is so therapeutic, isn't it x

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  4. These are some great suggestions! I think a good brain dump to be the best for me, I get everything I need to do together on a list on my desktop, and I take things off as and when they are done. While I'm working through an item from my list, I have the list CLOSED because then I can't read it and distract myself with looking at what else is on there. It works really well for me!

    Em x
    www.emsworldblog.com

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    1. That's such a great idea Em about having the list closed! I am terrible for starting something and then getting distracted by something "more important so this may be a very useful hack, thank you! x

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