Hi there. I’m sure you don’t like being in a cluttered home or workspace. That makes it pretty clear you wouldn’t like to have a cluttered mind either. A cluttered mind makes you restless and very unfocused. Having a cluttered mind makes you move in multiple directions at once and achieve very little. Here are 5 powerful tips to declutter your mind and improve your focus.
Mental clutter can make you do many things at once. Usually, people who are used to multitasking have a very cluttered mind. Sure, there are times when you have to multi-task, but it becomes a problem when multitasking becomes a habit. Focussing on one task at a time seems like the biggest task. If you are someone who is used to multitasking, I’m sure you know what I am trying to imply here.
5 Powerful tips to declutter your mind and improve focus
A cluttered mind leads to a cluttered life (and I know you don’t want that). Decluttering your mind will help you improve your focus and reduce unpleasant feelings such as stress. Here are 5 tips to help you declutter your mind.
Declutter your living space
Before you start cleaning up your mind, first clean up your home. Make sure all your things are organized. If it is your workspace you spent your time at, make sure all your notes and stationery items are organized. A well-organized space helps you think clearly with the added bonus of saving time from looking for things. Physical clutter makes the brain think that there is always something or the other that needs to be done, which can be exhausting. As you clean up your physical space, you will realize that you have clear up some part of your mental space as well.
Write things down
As children, we are all told to write things we do not want to forget. This is one habit that is very underrated and should be carried to your adulthood as well. Writing down things like essential tasks, upcoming events, personal thoughts, not only improves memory but also helps you sort through your thoughts as well. Hence it is advisable to maintain a journal to gain better thought clarity. Writing down information like important dates, appointments, ideas, etc. can help you declutter your mind. You can either use a notebook, a notepad, a diary, or just download an app for the same
Mindfulness can help you clear up your mind and channelize your thoughts. To practice mindfulness, you can learn how to meditate. If the idea of a cliche session of meditation does not seem appealing to you, can try some other exercise as well. For example, you can just go out for a walk, preferably a park, but make sure you do not take your phone or anything that reminds you of work, along with you. You don’t even have to do it for a long time, just doing it for 15 min is enough.
Finish up with whatever is important and/or urgent first so you do not have to stress about it later. Therefore, it is better to prioritize your tasks and first complete what is necessary or urgent. Even if you are not able to complete all the tasks, you do not have to worry much as you would have completed the high priority tasks earlier.
Do not bite off more than you can chew
When planning your day, it can seem very appealing to put everything that comes to your mind on that to-do list. But, you should be aware of your limit and be more practical. The only downside to overflowing your list with tasks is the disappointment that comes when you are unable to complete all those tasks on time. You cannot declutter your mind if you do not declutter your list. Remove all the tasks that are not required urgently.
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