You may have read articles about how to declutter your home or your desk, but if anything needs decluttering, itâ€™s your mind.
While your brain is a complex and confusing organ — and your mind is certainly not like an inbox that can be sorted through — decluttering your mind is actually not difficult.
You can sort through your mind, even getting past the scar tissue of old hurts and traumas, with these simple actions:
1. Breathe: Take a few deep breaths, and then just focus on your breathing for a few minutes. It has a calming effect, and allows other thoughts to just float away.
2. Write it down: If you have a bunch of things on your mind, get them on paper and off your mind.
3. Rethink your sleep: If you arenâ€™t getting enough sleep, or your sleeping pattern isnâ€™t ideal, it can affect you a great deal.
4. Take a walk: Get outside and do some kind of physical activity; it clears your mind.
5. Do less: Cross half the things off your to-do list; just pick a few things to get done today, and focus on those.
6. Declutter your surroundings: Having a lot of stuff around you occupies part of your mind, even if you donâ€™t realize it.
7. Identify the essential: This means figuring out what is most important in your life, and focusing on these things.
8. Get in touch with nature: Looking at the ocean, a river, some trees or anything â€œgreenâ€ can be calming and focusing at the same time.
9. Go slower: Walk slower, talk slower, drive slower and even work slower. All of these things tell your mind that youâ€™re not in a hurry, and that you want to take life at your own, non-rushed pace.
10. Single-task: Multi-tasking fills your mind with a lot of clutter, without a lot of productivity. Instead of multi-tasking, single-task by focusing on just one thing at a time.
For five more great tips to declutter your mind, click the link below.
Zen Habits December 15, 2007