Mental clutter is simply anything floating around in your head that keeps you from thinking straight. It is our mind on overdrive. It could be those things you need to keep track of such as events, tasks you are putting off, negative self-talk, ideas, reminders, information overload, expectations, feelings and more.
Mental clutter can slow you down, affect your productivity and jeopardize your mental health. It can make you stuck by causing you to feel overwhelmed which leads to procrastination or anxiety and poor decision making. The noise in our thoughts can make us feel irritated as we go through the day, distracted and unable to focus.
Here are some ways of calming the noise of your thoughts so that you can focus:
- Do a brain dump by writing down your thoughts and feeling
- Make lists including tasks, gratitude/blessings, and accomplishments
- Keep your work and office space free of clutter
- Develop a routine or systems
- Add down time to your schedule
- Meditate and/or journal
- Plan catch up days
By selecting at least one suggestion, you can free up some mental space and quiet some of the noise.