7 Simple Tips To Declutter Your Mind and Organise Your Life
Guest Blog Post by Karen Wood of Pepper Potts PA.
I saw a meme the other day: \”My brain has too many tabs open.\”
We can all relate. We live such busy lives, spinning multiple plates and juggling just to get through the day. Is it any wonder we end up overwhelmed, tired and stressed? Here are seven simple tips to help you declutter your mind and sort that endless list of tasks before mental fatigue kicks in.
1 Clear the decks
Find a space where you can sit comfortably without being disturbed. Collect together some coloured pens and paper, and make your favourite drink.
2 Empty your head
Start by writing down everything that comes into your mind. Don’t worry if it seems muddled – keep going until you can think of nothing else. List your fears and anxieties as well as everything you want to do.
3 Time to get rid – declutter!
Go back through your list and cross off everything that’s negative or not useful to you. The act of crossing tasks off sends a clear signal to your brain, so be ruthless! Now mark the items you’ve decided to keep as either personal or business.
4 Organise what’s left
Start by categorising your tasks into lists of things to do, ideas, goals and anything else that applies. You’ll quickly discover a way that works for you.
At this point you should be starting to feel proud of yourself and more in control. Remember, sorting tasks into lists makes it easier for you to share or delegate those jobs to someone who can help you achieve them.
5 Now for the habit-forming bit
Try really hard not to let your mind fill up again. That might be easier to say than it is to do, but the best way to achieve this is to clear your mind at the end of each day by taking five minutes to update your to-do lists.
At the end of each week, look back over what you’ve achieved, be honest with yourself and celebrate your success. All of this will help to give you renewed energy!
6 Minimise your mental tasks
When there’s less going on in your head you can manage your jobs more efficiently, and feel less stressed. A great way to declutter of some of the tasks stored in your head is to automate them. Set up a calendar for all your repetitive tasks. Share it with your family or co-workers so they can work around you, if necessary, or delegate what you can.
If you run your own business set aside a small amount of time for social media and consider using Buffer or Hootsuite to schedule and automate posts. If you use online banking, automate your payments to go out on certain days so you don’t need to login and pay each time a bill is due.
7 Be good to yourself
You can’t function at your best without good nutrition, sleep and exercise. It might seem like you don’t have time but your body and brain will thank you and you’ll be able to think more clearly.
Similarly, don’t let negative things in your life get the better of you. You might not be in control of what happens to you but you’re in control of how you react. Ask yourself – Can I control this? Can I change how I react to this negativity?
If you aren’t already practicing mindfulness, do a little research – it’s a hugely powerful tool that can help you gain a better work–life balance and ensure your decluttered mind stays that way!
Need a little help?
There’s only so much you can do yourself, and if you’re running your own business the chances are there are tons of tasks you’d be better off outsourcing to an expert. Someone organised, methodical, and highly skilled. Someone just like me, in fact!
If you’d like to arrange a meeting or phone call to discuss how Pepper Potts PA can help remove the pressure from your life, call me on 07800 513613 or email email@example.com You can find more information on my Facebook Page or check out my website: www.pepperpottspa.com
4 thoughts on “7 Simple Tips To Declutter Your Mind and Organise Your Life”
Great post Karen. There are far too many people doing tasks they are just not good at. Delegating to someone who has the skills you lack is very energising.
Couldn’t agree more, Richard. Thanks for commenting!
Great and very timely blog. You very generously shared this approach with me a while back, serendipitously at the same time as I read ‘Getting things done ‘ by David Allen and I made real progress. Using Trello to keep organised lists with a single place to capture anything else I needed to remember, has definitely helped me sleep better. This blog has reminded me to keep it going! I’ve been busy and I think my brain is starting to ‘clog up’ again. So this afternoon needs to be a proper review session – crossing off, re prioritising and making sure it’s all out of my brain. Thanks Karen – and Louise – for sharing this.
Thanks Anna. Pleased to be of service. Hope your afternoon was productive!