Minimising Clutter of the Mind

30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags

‘Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life?’

Henry David Thoreau

My life is moving fast. I am not good at slowing down. How do I decrease the clutter of my mind?

This weekend has been the first time I’ve switched off for more than a couple of hours in a few months. I visited the South West. There I laid around in bed and did almost nothing. I had some naps. I read some books.

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Minimising clutter of the mind off is something I struggle with a lot. The advice below is as much for you as it is for me.

 

Here are five tips to declutter the mind.

  1. Do one thing at a time. It is so tempting to multitask when there is a lot to get done. Giving all your attention to a single activity helps you to engage with it and get it done quickly. Focus on one job, one person, or one form of entertainment at a time.
  2. Forget about the ‘shoulds’. If, like me, you are a neurotic overachiever, you always have jobs that you ‘should’ be working on. I have made it a priority recently to no beat myself up about things I am not doing right now.
  3. Take ‘me’ days. Have scheduled days where your well being and relaxation are the priority. This sort of day might mean that you neglect a thing you were supposed to do, but we all need quiet time to rejuvenate.
  4. Hide your phone. No, you cannot check your Instagram account. Your mind is cluttered enough as it is without a never ending feed of what is happening with everyone else. Train yourself to avoid social media regularly, minimising external stimuli.
  5. Go outside. If you are still struggling to switch off, leave your current context and enjoy the real world. Go look at a tree which has been around for fifty years, or a rock that’s been around for millennia. These are an excellent example of serenity.

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14 thoughts on “Minimising Clutter of the Mind

  1. Hi there, thanks for the tips 🙂 My favourite is tip no. 1. I gave up multi-tasking when I realised I wasn’t really accomplishing any more and in fact was simply doing more less well. I’m now a confirmed mono-tasker and all the happier for it! Lxx

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  2. This is a great post! Mind clutter is so common, and a lot of people don’t even know how to deal with it. i think staying away from social media is very important to achieve that. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. This is such wise advice. There are days that I don’t even go online at all — sometimes I just need a break from the pressure of it all. Every morning I make sure I have a couple of hours of “me time,” which is devoted to some prayer, inspirational reading, and then learning (via books and videos) whatever I am currently interested in. A few times a week this is preceded by an exercise routine. It all prepares me for my day and inspires me in my endeavors.

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