When it comes to decluttering, we usually focus on our physical space. It’s equally important, though, to worry about keeping a clear mind as well. Here are a few tips to help you avoid feeling like your mind is getting cluttered with junk.
Decide which things you care about most. It’s easy to say yes to everything or to the wrong things when you’re not sure what it is you actually care about. So make sure you set aside time to do the tasks you care about most. Make time for the people that matter and the activities you care about. Then, if you still have time left over, it’s okay to also put time into the less important tasks.
Write to-do lists often, and work through them. If you have a lot of stuff that you need to get done, make sure to get it all on paper. I find it helps me to write a to-do list before going to bed so I can empty my brain of all those impending tasks. Then the next morning I know exactly what I want and need to work on.
Feel free to say no. You don’t need to agree to go to every party or accept every invitation to hang out. Keep your priorities in mind, and say no when you know it’ll be too stressful, awkward, or difficult for you to even have fun. And feel free to say no instead of saying maybe. It’ll let the other people involved know not to count on you.
Set aside a few minutes to freak out, and then let the negativity go. Sometimes you just need to get the negativity out of your system. Allow yourself a moment to be upset or frustrated when you’re experiencing something upsetting or annoying. But then move on and get past it.
It’s always best to do what you can to take care of your own state of mind. The more you learn about what helps you stay calm and focused, the more you’ll be able to adjust your habits accordingly.