I remember when I was a teenager at school I would pride myself on how many things I had to do and the amount of things I had going on in my head at the one time – thinking that I was productive and motivated. I worked part time, taught dancing, also did my own dancing practice and studied. I thrived on filling my days with things to do, tasks to accomplish and goals to achieve.
Nowadays, I still have things I want to do, tasks to accomplish and goals to achieve but they are now things that will bring me closer to my inner self and further away from ‘outer world’ success. Yes, I want the big house – but if the big house was to burn down to ashes, it wouldn’t affect me as I would have worked hard on building a happy home within myself.
Here are some practices I do to clear my life of mental clutter:
- Clear out your inbox. With smart phones you can see emails and usually the first few sentences of the email. I make sure that I go to bed replying to all customer emails from that day, so that I won’t have anything on my mind when it comes time to sleeping and will awake not feeling as though I have to rush to answer an enquiry
- Step up your decluttering. As I’m currently living in one room in a shared house, most of my belongings are either in storage or in the room I’m sleeping in. So keeping things clear and tidy helps reduce distractions and allows me to feel more at peace.
- Set goals. Have certain days set aside for certain activities and have daily goals that you need to achieve. For example, having my ‘Strategy Sundays’ helps me to commit to daily priority tasks and then delegating what needs to be delegated and removing what is unnecessary.
Also read: ‘How to kill your to do list’