I was looking through some images thinking about what to write about the uncluttered mind. This really struck my funny-bone. Drinking coffee is what some do when they are looking for energy, inspiration or just procrastinating. The busy head will do anything to stop thinking and take a “mental” break by going to have a cup of coffee, or tea in my case.
Coffee is a real stimulant so if you have not been inspired you may just have added to your previous frustration with a buzz of energy that you don’t know where to direct! Tea may be a more calming elixir but if your mind is racing it may not have calmed it enough to get focused or clear on what to do next.
I still like the quote for it’s accuracy in some situations, but there are alternatives to both the stimulant as well as getting focused. You may be less likely to do the stupid things if you start by “Clearing Your Mental Clutter.”
First off, if you clear your mind you will be at the beginning of being productive. Three deep belly breaths is always a great place to start. If your mind is still racing, take three more. There now, feel better? Now pen and paper or keyboard, your choice, create the list. You know the one. The one that is running around in your head right now. The list of ideas, the list of have to’s and the list of should, along with the lists that others give you to do. This may only be the tip of the “list” iceberg.
My suggestion is to do some more deep belly breathing right now. As many as you need to continue here. It does get better, really! For starters now that it is on paper you don’t have to worry about forgetting any of it. Yes, I know some of you have amazing memories, but I heard Mary Kay Ash share the Chinese Proverb “ The palest ink is better than the best memory.” As mine has changed with hormonal fluctuations, I trust the pen.
The fact is no one person could do all of that is on your list in one day, week, month or maybe year depending on its size! You are only human and only one for that matter! So start off by getting real here and it’s time to prioritize the list, delegate, put timelines and put off whatever must be for your sanity.
I know you are disappointed, but being alive is better than a heart attack or mental breakdown. I hope you agree with me on this point. One step at a time, one item at a time you can take on the list. Know what is the most important, and they do have to be graded to know that if you cannot be sure, but take the time to do whatever is necessary to keep your head free of the excess clutter that is making it difficult to stay focused or clear about where to spend your time and energy.
This activity is just the start to some actions things that can make the difference between getting things done and running in circles. Mental clutter can make even the smartest and most productive folks crazed so take care of your mental health and take the first step to Clear thinking. Now you can do the SMART things with more ENERGY!