Like most men today, there does not seem to be enough time in the day to finish every task to do. My mind always wonders what is next rather than the task at hand, or someone is interrupting me from being product placing yet another job on my mind. In today’s world, this is often the case not only at work from external factors but in our homes, families, and our minds. This practice creates stress, procrastination, and in the end, nothing gets accomplished.
I struggle with someone else’s emergency becoming my own, not planning my day correctly, due to constant interruptions. Without an idea of fixing this, I started reading and watching different things to declutter my mind. I found a few articles that gave great advice and will implement them and pass along what I have seen so others can help declutter themselves and live better stress-free lives.
Noma Nazish, writing for Forbes, has several suggestions that I will emplace.
Setting priorities is a great way to take charge of your life and situation proactively. Daily, each of us makes a mental plan for the day; we list out tasks we have to do, things we must do, and finally, things we want to do. By keeping these in a journal and taking stock of what we are doing daily, we can make sure these tasks line up with our priorities and support our goals and how we decide to take in our day. If it does not support our main priorities, then it falls to the bottom of the list. For me, that part of the plan is the “if I get to it list.” These are tasks that do not fall into any category for my priorities or are not time-critical.
Noma also mentions decluttering your desk and limiting the amount of media intake throughout the day. I have never been one to have a clean desk. I have been the type to continue to lie things on top of the pile. I know this is counterproductive, and it does not lead to a prioritization of tasks and avoiding a fundamental thing of not multi-tasking. Every time I have tried to keep a clean desk, it seems like it takes only a moment for things to go into a tornado again. Media intake throughout the day is an easy killer of time and distraction. With notification on mobile devices, it has every chance to interrupt our thoughts and tasks throughout the day. Find ways to limit the notifications to the important and necessary ones. If you have moments where you find yourself not doing anything, catch up on the latest social media application.
Another source I found was a TED Talk from Ryder Carroll, the creator of the Bullet Journal. His thoughts echoed, keeping a paper journal and creating a prioritization list, but the one that stood out to me was considering why I was doing each of these things. He mentions that we get so caught up in what we should be doing or could be doing we lose sight of why we even want to do these things that take up space in our minds. If wondering if the new series or football game is on television tonight, stop and think, why are you turning your thoughts there? Do you need a break to unwind for the night? If that is so, then go ahead and watch the game or show. If you think that you wanted to read a book for personal growth rather than watch the game, prioritize the book over the game.
I plan on implementing some of these ideas I have mentioned here. Not only do I have a full-time job, family, and education goals set for myself, I have also started this community. Although there is never enough time in the day to complete each task, through prioritization and cleaning up my thoughts and workspace, I should see a drastic improvement in my day to day thoughts. I am continuing to improve myself day by day until I reach my success. How do you deal with a cluttered mind? What strategies do you implement to keep your mind on task to get things done? Let me know in the comments, or reach out on our social media platforms.
Continue to learn, grow, and be a better person than yesterday.