Adulting can be so overwhelming at times.
Our cities, homes, and workspaces are becoming more and more cluttered and busy every day. However, there’s something worse than having a cluttered space – having a cluttered mind.
If you’re feeling unfocused and restless, it could be a sign that your mind has too much inside it. When this happens, it becomes almost impossible to get anything done.
Mental clutter can completely debilitate your motivation – leading to a lack of productivity, which in turn creates more stress and mental clutter.
What is mental clutter?
Mental clutter is an umbrella term, which includes many different (very common) thoughts and worries.
For instance, you could be worried about the future, being nostalgic about the past, thinking about complaints, mental to-do lists, and overthinking.
As the majority of us also live on our phones, it’s also super easy to get sucked into a world of cat memes and stalking social media profiles.
We’ve all done it.
Don’t worry, if the above sounds familiar, there are ways that you can declutter your mind.
Below, we’ve compiled together a list of strategies and techniques that will help you make space in your head. This will help you stop feeling so overwhelmed and anxious – improving your focus and allowing you to get more done.
You always need a goal
If you’re not striving or aiming for anything, you’ll never feel fulfilled. Always set priorities in your life, and have targets set – even if they’re seemingly menial ones.
Find out what really matters to you and your life aspirations.
Realistically, are those new shoes really that important in the grand scheme of things? Could you spend time creating goals and actions?
Don’t forget that your priorities will change. Life gets in the way. Be flexible and adaptable.
Declutter your space
With the risk of sounding like a parent, you should really clean up your surroundings.
The reason? Physical clutter will always lead to mental clutter.
We’re not making this up so that you tidy up. When the area around you has excessive objects or mess, your brain is forced to work overtime.
Also, physical clutter acts as almost a signifier that something else should be done. This is mentally draining, and can really harm your productivity.
This goes for all the spaces you spend a lot of time in. Your house, car, workspace – you name it.
It’s normal to have a lot of thoughts, especially when you go through stressful or tough times.
You need to know that you don’t have to keep everything stored in your brain. Write it down in a journal.
This could be a concrete pad and paper journal if that’s your style. Though a lot of millennials choose online tools or apps. Technology doesn’t have to be a burden/
Sometimes getting something out of your brain, and written down in front of you can be incredibly refreshing.
We recommend writing down all your worries, your goals, and aspects of your life that are draining you.
Don’t forget, you could also write down little bits of information. Appointments, phone numbers, passwords, and any ideas. Don’t keep everything piled up in your brain.
The past is the past
We know it’s much harder said than done, but you need to know that what’s happened in the past cannot be changed.
We all have memories stored in the back of our minds, filled with the mistakes that we have made, people we lost, people we hurt, and opportunities missed.
These are all part of life and need to be let go of. If your memories aren’t serving you well and cluttering up your mind, you need to let go of them. It’s not worth it.
Multitasking doesn’t make you more productive
Yes, despite popular belief, multitasking isn’t necessarily good for you or your brain.
“Don’t try to do more than one job at a time, unless totally necessary. This will cause your brain to work in override and stress you out. Just focus on one task at a time, and you’ll find that you’re less stressed, and the tasks are completed quicker.” — Diana Adjadj, a freelance writer at Studicus and Trust My Paper.
Declutter your intake
Information intake is a critical aspect to declutter.
There’s so much that can clog up our minds and make us overthink.
Blogs, tv shows, newspapers, and social media are just a few examples of this.
You need to set boundaries for the amount of information coming into your life. Free up space and feel the benefits.
You can do this by:
- Setting social media limits
- Unsubscribing from specific notification alerts and emails
- Decide what information you want in your life
- Make sure all news and opinions come from respected people with credentials
- Mindfulness techniques can also help you spend time doing something peaceful and productive.
Take a deep breath
Yes, it sounds so simple.
But think about it – when was the last time that you focused on merely breathing?
Take a deep breath. Pause for a second. Exhale really slowly. Repeat this process.
How did that feel?
This deep breathing technique has proven to be useful for many people, helping to elevate moods and induce a tranquil stance.
Breathing in this kind of way helps your body relax, and lowers the heart rate.
Breathing exercises also promote concentration and can strengthen your immune system. Of course, both of these are useful when you’re trying to be more productive.
Take a stand
Stop procrastinating, be decisive, and get your tasks done.
We know it’s easy to put something off – especially if it’s causing you to be anxious. However, delaying it will only worry you more, and make your day less productive.
Stop avoiding making certain calls and decisions.
Mental clutter will begin to affect every aspect of your life. It can deter you from making decisions, and focus on the things that really matter in your life.
Don’t waste a second more, and declutter your mind.
We hope these simple hints and tips help you out.