7 Steps to Declutter Your Mind
Spring has sprung – so, you know what that means…time for some spring cleaning! I’m not talking about your base boards or the KonMarie method, but rather, spring cleaning to declutter your mind. I’m sharing with you seven steps to help you do just that!
Your physical environment
First of all, start with your physical environment. Whether it’s your home, office or car, it’s time to tidy up and get rid of the clutter. Your external environment is a direct reflection of your internal environment.
Write it down
Next step for decluttering your mind, write it down. Rather than try to remember your grocery list and your to-do list in your head, write down your thoughts in notes on your phone or on a tablet. If you’re anything like me, trying to remember it all, you’ll inevitably forget something and end up spending more time going back to finish the task.
This may sound counterintuitive, but, multi-tasking isn’t that productive. In fact, trying to do a little of a lot, creates a lot of internal stress. Instead, go all in, complete a task and then move on to the next.
Limit media intake
Whether it’s social media, the news, or Netflix, limit the amount of time you spend consuming these outlets. There are apps you can download to your phone to track, or simply be mindful of how you’re spending your time.
Find an outlet
Choose an outlet in which you can release stress or overwhelm. Some ideas include, journaling, walking, talking about it with a friend or going for a run. Whatever works for you, make sure you make time in your regular routine to find an outlet.
This step is a three-parter. Take inventory of your lists and have-to’s and figure out: what can you eliminate, delegate or automate? Not only will this step help you to become more productive, it will provide a sense of relief.
Quiet the chatter
The final step in decluttering your mind is to quiet the chatter. The easiest way to do this is focus on your breath and/or meditate. You can do this for as little as 60 seconds per day. By focusing on your breath and providing yourself with quiet, it allows the chaos to settle and clarity to come in.
During this period of downtime, or on a regular basis for that matter, I hope you use these seven steps to declutter your mind to help create mental clarity and ease the inner chaos.
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