Have you ever found yourself in “information overload?” We get that by spending too much time on the internet.
Have you ever felt like you had “too many things to keep track of them all?” We get that by putting too much on our plate.
There is a great deal of information out there on how to prioritize, plan, set goals, declutter, let-go, say no, etc. There is plenty of information about how to find peace and calm in the midst of chaos. Sometimes all that information can actually contribute to the clutter in our brains.
When we find ourselves in the throes of mental overload, please, please find a system to meet your needs.
- Maybe you need to make lists in order to get everything done. And just maybe you think it would be better if someone else made out that list. Check out ListPlanIt.com and take a look at the household binders. (Affiliate.)
- Maybe you need a calendar to track your events and to-do lists.
- Maybe you need a timer to keep you focused.
- Maybe you need an accountability partner to check on you periodically to make sure you are staying with your goals.
- Maybe you need adjust the number of commitments that you have and say, “No” to more things.
But for sure you need to notice that the key word in both of the scenarios above is the word “we.”
You and I are the source of our own mental overload. Here are a few suggestions for decluttering your mental state:
- Decide to live your life according to the things that you value. If you value time with your family and that time comes in the evening, then you shouldn’t try to fill that time with hobbies, blogging, Pinterest, etc.
- Know that you will be saying “No” to some activities and to some people. No need to feel guilty.
- Learn to let go. Have you ever struggled to make a decision? But as soon as the decision is made, you feel such relief. The same thing is going on in your brain over:
- projects you have unfinished
- clothes in your closet
- books you haven’t read
- gifts you need to buy
- letters you need to write
- long lost friends you need to contact
You get the idea. Things that need to get done, but linger in the recesses of our minds create mental clutter. But we are the ones to relieve ourselves of the burden they create.
- Set aside some time to address the issue. Most of the issues will take less time than you think. they just need you to address them.
- Make the decision of what to do about the problem and follow through with the decision.
- Let it go. I assure you; you are the only one that is struggling over it.