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Is Your Mind Spilling Over with Clutter?

By Sandy Schroeder

Mental and physical clutter seems to bog most of us down on a daily basis. Yesterday’s grocery list, today’s cell phone bill and tomorrow’s deadline may all be competing for the top spot in your mind and on your desk. As a result everything simply jams together leaving you stressed out and unfocused.

Finding a way to handle all of that clutter can make you feel infinitely better as work begins to flow again and projects move forward.

If you are ready to sweep away the clutter, these tips from Prevention might help.

Tell yourself to focus and mean it – When your mind begins to recite a bunch of details, pick one task to focus on. Then deal with the next one. You might even wear a rubber band on your wrist to snap when your mind begins to swirl around a bunch of details.

Clean up work surfaces – Once a day or once a week clear out the miscellaneous pieces of paper and other debris on your desk. Do the same thing at home, clearing clutter off of coffee tables, desks and counters. Clear spaces actually do help us feel a little less mentally cluttered according to Princeton University researchers.

Eat better – Take a break from all of the preservatives in processed foods. Eat healthier with your favorite fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, poultry, nuts, healthy oils and low-fat dairy. Limit alcohol and franchise foods.

Put the details on paper – You may feel amazingly clear when you start unpacking all of those details that you are carrying around in your mind. That leaves your mind open for business to create new ideas, think through complex projects, and plan for the future.

Redesign your work surface – When each new item simply lands on top of two others a mess is guaranteed. Simple pots, or a small desktop shelf with dividers could give you quick filing spots for the things you deal with most. Train yourself to drop bills in one, deadline notes in another, and “to do” lists in another. Whatever works to file as you go will reduce the physical clutter and mental weight of it all.

Skip multi-tasking – I have made some monumental errors by simply trying to juggle three projects at once. Trying to key in on content details, deadline dates and your upcoming weekend plans will probably result in each one getting a bit of hit and miss attention, requiring individual sorting later.

Once you get a few systems going to sweep out the clutter, you may never go back!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spring, Tex.

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