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Decluttering Mental Clutter | The Minimalists
Those voices inside your head won't be quiet: all you can hear is your boss telling you to have those reports complete by Friday, or your daughter reminding you there's soccer practice this Saturday, or a parent's voice telling you they need your help cleaning the house this weekend.

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Past Troubles And Mental Clutter

We tend to ruminate on issues from the past and condemn ourselves over them. But that’s counterproductive; more often than not those issues are no longer relevant or were out of our ...

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Circumstances And Mental Clutter

Our circumstances can add to mental clutter, and inertia often leaves us stuck with it. But we can and should change our circumstances if they are not working in our favor.

Clearing...

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Health And Mental Clutter

Your mind and body are one. It’s much easier for a physically unhealthy person to experience a poor mental state.

Things like lack of sleep, improper eating habits and lack of exercise, am...

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