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  • Vishrut Mehta

De-cluttering Your Mind | Part-1

Have you ever felt that your mind has been just ON for a long time?


There are always some or the other things going on in your mind and you don’t seem to be able to shut it OFF.


If you have ever felt this, you are not alone.


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In today’s fast-paced world, we are constantly bombarded with a deluge of information. Amidst this influx, distinguishing between what is essential and what is superfluous becomes crucial.


Without regular mental decluttering, this overflow of information can lead to increased brain fatigue and a significant reduction in our ability to focus.


With work, socialising, family events, the pressure of achieving our personal goals, and taking care of our health; things get overwhelming pretty quickly.


I had been going through something similar for the past couple of months. In the end, I would just completely shut off everything and not do anything because my mind and thoughts were scattered everywhere.


Eventually, I realized that it was time to de-clutter my mind.

But how does one do that?


To find an answer to this question, I watched a lot of YouTube videos and read self-help books. Although there are many ways you can de-clutter your mind, here are some simple ways that help you de-clutter your mind in your day-to-day life and make things less overwhelming.



1. Write things down.

Seems easy, right? Now, I’m not talking about just writing a daily to-do list. I’m talking about writing anything that comes to your mind.


One of the methods is to write ‘Morning Pages’. It has helped me de-cluttering my mind in a very substantial way. Morning Pages comes from the book ‘The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Cameron. She defines morning pages as

Three pages of daily longhand stream of consciousness, written first thing upon arising.

It is as simple as taking out a notebook and pen and writing everything that comes to your mind, first thing in the morning. It doesn’t have to be necessarily 3 pages. You can write till you find yourself running out of things to write.


I have been doing this for more than a week now and I have observed that I have less number of thoughts running around in my mind, throughout the day. I feel more calm and I can focus on things that are actually important.


For all the overthinkers [like me] out there, I can assure you that this one habit will change your life.



2. Make a clear to-do list

Your to-do list doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t need to have every hour of your day planned and set up in your calendar. Because that’s now how we work. We are not robots.

A clear to-do list consists of tasks that are divided into different groups either according to their priority or different projects.


My to-do list consists of major tasks which are divided project-wise and sub-tasks of those major tasks. For example, if I have to write an article this week, I will break this task into sub-tasks such as:


  • Decide a topic for the article.

  • Do research on the topic.

  • Start creating the first draft.

  • Finish the first draft and read it back to see what I can improve.

  • Make changes and finish the final draft.

  • Proofread and publish it.

Dividing such behemoth tasks into smaller sub-tasks makes them less overwhelming.



3. The 2-min rule

The 2-minute rule comes from a book called ‘Getting Things Done’ by David Allen.

The rule suggests that if there is a task that will take you 2 minutes to do, you should get it done RIGHT NOW.


For example, if you are planning to organize your desk and it’s going to take only 2 minutes, you should do it NOW.


Not only does this rule help you beat procrastination but also helps you reduce the mental load of pending tasks.


Since you will be completing these smaller tasks right now, your to-do list will get smaller and it’ll help clear up some space in your mind and your day as well.


This way, your mind has one lesser task to deal with.


Usually, when I start making my daily to-do list, I look back and reflect upon it after completion. I check for tasks that fall under this category and get them done right away.


It doesn’t matter if those tasks are in the ‘low-priority’ or a ‘high-priority’ category. If it takes only 2 minutes, you do it right away.


So here they are. 3 simple and easy ways that you can incorporate in your daily life to de-clutter your mind and increase your focus.


I hope that this information helps you in your journey of de-cluttering your mind and brings some peace to it.


I would love to know if you have any such personal habits that help you reduce the mental load.

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