Does worrying keep you from falling asleep at night?
Is that mental to do list making you anxious?
Do you mentally “check out” a lot?
These are common signs of a cluttered mind. It’s one thing to live with it yourself, but I have to admit watching someone I love suffer through the stress, anxiety and distraction it causes is heartbreaking.
Sometimes life’s circumstances are just so overwhelming you can’t even think to do something as simple as write it down. So, I want to show you how to declutter your mind.
How to Declutter Your Mind
My mind has been cluttered with reminders, questions, doubts and to-do lists. One sure-fire way to clear your mind is to write it all down, in no particular order, just write it down. This simple act gets it out of your mind and on paper. When that happens, our minds can stop having to work so hard to remember.
Use a Calendar
Once you’ve done that you can break the list down into tasks on your calendar. Currently, I enter all social activities, extra curricular, lessons for the month on the icalender on my computer, which I can also sync with my cell phone. Then, each Sunday, I write everything for the week on a weekly dry erase calendar.
Setting Reminders Helps Declutter Your Mind
I’ve been known to forget something that was written on the calendar. So, it is a good idea to set reminders on your phone for important dates and meetings. I’ve also sectioned off part of the dry erase calendar to include my meal plan too. And there’s a notes section where I write down what we need from the store.
EDITED 12/12/16: I now use a monthly dry erase calendar (shown above) to keep track of appointments, events, and family plans. I’ve also created new systems for meal planning and keeping a running list of groceries. These changes are working better for me.
The key to creating successful routine is to be a student of yourself, your habits, your lifestyle, figuring out why things work, why they don’t and implementing changes.
Use a Personal Planner
I still have my personal to-do list swirling around in my head. So, I’ve decided that I would really benefit from using a personal planner again. When it comes to to-do lists, I’m a pen and paper kinda gal. So, I want a binder filled with pages on which I can scribble notes, plan blog posts, make to-do lists and keep up with weekly commitments.
Seeing the binder that Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia created was just the inspiration I needed to make my own.
EDITED 3/16/2020 After a while, I noticed I wasn’t using my DIY Daily Planner because it was too big to carry around. So I switched to using a bullet journal. That was several years ago, and I haven’t looked back.
Try Journaling to Declutter Your Mind
By the way, bullet journaling isn’t just for planning. I also use mine to free write when I need to get unstuck or process my emotions. Journaling has been life changing!
Calm Your Mind with Meditation
The last thing I want to suggest is meditation. I’ve heard so many people say they can’t make their minds be still. Thankfully, you don’t need to. I’ve learned meditation is about acknowledging the thoughts swirling around in your mind. Once you tend to those thoughts, they go away.
The Headspace app is a great way to learn how to meditate. The first ten lessons are free.
All these tools combined have really helped declutter my mind and feel way more calm.
Wishing you peace of mind,