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5 Ways to De-clutter Your Mind and Regain Your Focus
After a bustling month of trips out of town, work events, and family issues, I noticed that I had some trouble quieting my buzzing mind. My focus was stuck in disco-ball mode, diffracted into a kaleidoscope of glinting pieces. As a result, I wasn't able to hone in on my priorities-and instead, I gave in to procrastination.

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Think About It

Acting without first reflecting can make things worse. Regularly reviewing how you spend your time will give you insight into how you got to your present state, how to move forward strategically...

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Manage Your Inbox

Knowing your inbox isn’t overflowing can save you a lot of mental stress, which helps you focus on more important tasks. You can reduce your message by:

  • Unsubscribe from promotion...

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Have a “Mental Junk Drawer”

Dump your ideas, notes, lists, and saved articles that don’t have another home into a digital document. This clears some mental space—without adding papers and notebooks to your actua...

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Automate

To-do lists tend to accumulate not so important tasks. Try to outsource and automate those you can.

Good automation lets you forget the task. So instead of interrupting the flow of you...

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Use Lists

  • Lists help you compartmentalize your mental clutter.
  • Writing something on a to-do list frees up mental space, as you won’t have to remember it.
  • Having...

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SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:

Leonardo da Vinci

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

Leonardo da Vinci

The 4 laws of simplicity

... you can use on any area of your life, and in fact on your life as a whole:

  • Collect everything in one place.
  • Choose the essential, the things most important to you.
  • Eliminate the rest. Don't get sentimental.
  • Organize the remaining stuff neatly and nicely.

Confucius

Confucius

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."

Work in chunks

Our brain focuses best in short spurts, so dedicating 25 minutes to one activity, taking a five-minute break, and then resuming that activity or switching to another activity for another 25 minu...

Set Priorities

List your top priorities and ensure that your goals, actions and decisions reflect them. Then, create an action plan to meet those set goals and divide your time to focus on each item...

Keep a Journal

Journaling eliminates intrusive thoughts about negative events and improves working memory. This leads to more energy for other mental activities, better stress, anxiety, and depression management.

Learn To Let Go

Eliminating unnecessary thoughts, fears and concerns helps to reduce stress, boost self-esteem and free up mental space.

Let go of all the negative thoughts and emotions that make you feel bogged down. Monitor your thoughts regularly and try to replace your negative thoughts with positive ones.

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