What Does a Cluttered Mind Do To You?

Information Overload

We are lucky that we live in the ‘golden age’ of information. Just about anything we want to know, learn and discover is literally right at our fingertips.

We take in information passively (walking by a newspaper stand, overhearing a radio program) or actively transmitted (reading a magazine, watching a TV program)

  •  The flip side is the very real and common threat of information overload.
  • The human brain can only take in so much before it becomes overloaded, confused, or even a bit paralysed;

It’s a time when we need to take direct and specific steps to manage that information in a way that makes it work for us rather than against us.

How do you feel when you know your mind is cluttered?

When we have a congested mind, our best qualities are suppressed and:

  • We simply can’t perform at our best
  • We have more friction with our colleagues/family/friends
  • We don’t enjoy our lives as much
  • We can not prioritise

What does clutter do to you?

  • You waste time searching for things
  • Clutter occupies space
  • You lose things
  • Clutter makes you feel busy
  • You get distracted and have difficulty focusing
  • Stress (unnecessary)
  • Clutter affects your image. You look out of control
  • You cannot prioritise or work efficiently when you can’t see or find the tasks that need to be done
  • A cluttered life makes us feel anxious
  • It is difficult to focus and be productive in an environment filled with clutter.
  • If our lives are full of clutter, literally or figuratively, it may be difficult to focus and feel peaceful and happy.

Mind Clutter and the Mind Body Connection

Simplicity… Clarity… Peace of mind… When was the last time you experienced that in your life?

Can you recall the last time you felt truly happy just being in the moment?

When your thoughts were not occupied by planning, prioritizing, analyzing or worrying?

Do you ever have those days when you just want to step back, stop, take a long deep breath, and feel tranquility and peace wash over yourself?

Aristotle said: “The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”

What do you think he meant by that?

Today, there is a great deal of research on the importance of managing our energy for optimal performance in every area of our lives.

Emotions play a pivotal role in harnessing or depleting mind energy.

It used to be that only the New Age thinkers or “those crazy hippies” believed that your thoughts could actually influence your health. Medical research increasingly supports the mind-body connection. Evidence from the field of psychoneuroimmunology gives us positive proof of the connection between our thoughts and our health.

For a long time, people were unaware that their thoughts and actions had any relation to their health or lack of it. Today, even the medical profession is beginning to acknowledge the body/mind connection. Dr. Deepak Chopra, author of the bestseller Ageless body, Timeless Mind, was invited by Sharp Hospital, a prominent West Coast Medical Institution, to set up a body / mind clinic there. Dr. Dean Ornish, who practices the holistic treatment of heart dis-ease, has been endorsed by Mutal of Omaha Insurance Company. This huge corporation is now allowing its claimants to receive his treatment under their plan. They have recognised that it is far less expensive to pay for a week’s stay at Dr. Ornish’s clinic than to pay for open-heart surgery.

In the coming years, I foresee the advent of the body/mind clinics at hospitals throughout the country, with insurance companies willingly paying for these treatments. Those who will benefit the most are the people who learn to take care of their own health. They will discover what it means to be truly healthy.

LIFE! Reflections on your journey – Louise L. Hay

Quote from the author BRIAN TRACY

“Set peace of mind as your highest goal,

and organize your life around it.”

What sort of things should we do to set peace of mind as our highest goal?

Happiness and Its Causes

Did you know as a society overall, we are getting richer but not happier? If anything, we Happinesshave actually been getting richer but unhappier. Is this because our consumer society is failing to deliver lives that give our passion and purpose?

Tim Jackson said “we are being persuaded to spend money we don’t have, on things we don’t need, to create impressions that won’t last, on people we don’t care about.”  What do you think of that? Is Tim accurate for you or not? If not for you, think about people you know. Could this perhaps apply to them? Is our environment failing to deliver fulfilling lives?

How can we take back control? I am assuming that you would like a happier life? So what can you do to be happier? Because ultimately it is up to you, isn’t it? You are the director of your life. You are the person that should take responsibility and control over your destiny.

So how do we do this? What are some things we can do to create a happier life for ourselves? On the Action for Happiness website they say “people and organisations need to behave in a way that improves well being (for their own and others).”

Each of us can help in small ways. It is the small things that make big things happen. David Cameron said before he was the Prime Minister of the UK, “It’s time we admitted that there is more to life than money, and it’s time we focused not just on the GDP but on GWB – general well-being.

Well-being can’t be measured by money or traded in markets. It’s about the quality of our culture, the beauty of our surroundings and, above all, the strength of our relationships.”

So perhaps if you can answer these questions:

  • Overall, how satisfied are you with your life?
  • Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?
  • Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?
  • Overall, to what extent are the things you do in your life are worthwhile?

What can we do as people, organisations not just to create happiness in ourselves but spread happiness?

We can focus on being happy. As Groucho Marx said “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

So perhaps the cause of happiness is our view of the world, our view of our environment, our view of what is happening. So maybe, just maybe, the trick is not to wait to be happy, not to wait for someone to make you happy, not to wait for something to happen to be happy, just be happy. Perhaps it could be that easy. So close your eyes now, keep them closed for about 30 seconds, no peeking, and when you open your eyes, you have a new view, a new outlook and a new attitude. That is you have now chosen to be happy just because you can.

Smile!

“Be an inspiration to yourself and

you will be an inspiration to others.”

DeClutter – The Keys to Successful DeCluttering Part 3

We talk of taking ACTION when decluttering. The rest of the letters are covered in this video. ’T’ stands for timing – making a date with yourself to clear the clutter. The ‘I’ stands for isolate. That means moving items into groups. The ‘O’ stands for order them into groups of like with like. The ‘N’ stands for nominate a logical place for the items to belong.

I Am Responsible

To release my potential
from past restrictive programming
of my subconscious,
it is extremely important
that I give myself the right to be me
and to function as I choose.
It is not possible to have sound self-esteem
if I am not true to myself
or give up responsibility and accountability
for my own life
as I seek to achieve fulfilment
of my needs and goals.

I want to allow myself the freedom to choose
without building a prison for myself with
“have to’s”, “cannot’s” and “they won’t let me’s.”

I recognise I am functioning
from my own free choice and I can either:
recognise myself as important,
valuable and interesting as a person,
or see myself as an absolute incompetent,
who is unworthy and unneeded.
I can choose to be kind, loving,
helpful, loyal and compassionate,
or to be lazy, cowardly, mean and disloyal.
I can choose to be happy,
free and succeed in each undertaking
or to fail and feel unimportant and less than others.

If I allow myself this freedom,
I must recognise
I am responsible for my decisions and actions
and be willing to accept
the consequences they bring.

I know I am the one
who will answer for my every action,
and will profit or suffer accordingly.

Therefore, before every important decision,
I ask myself:
What ought to be done for me?
Will it injure myself or others?
Is this in accord with my beliefs and goals?
Is it in alignment with reality as I see it?
Am I willing to fully accept the consequences?

To be truly free and to grow in self-esteem,
I must not give up my growth,
pursuit of fulfilment or happiness to anyone.

I choose to treat myself with dignity
and proceed to move toward full love,
wisdom, freedom and joy,
knowing I am the authority over me.

 Author Unknown

 

Action:

  • Be true to you
  • Be 100% responsible for your life
  • Recognise me as important
  • Be free
  • Move forward

Thank you and I look forward to sharing more tips, strategies and skills to support you to be more organised so that you too can create a better life.

“Be an inspiration to yourself and

you will be an inspiration to others.”

DeClutter – The Keys to Successful DeCluttering Part 2

We talk of taking ACTION when decluttering. The C stands for Clarify. It is about keeping the end in mind. Establishing your plan, being aware of your rules and exceptions to the rule. It means taking time to think about who you can donate items to. It includes understanding that the 80 / 20 rule even applies to clearing the clutter.

Taking Responsibility

Every day events occur in our household, in our neighbourhood, in our state, in our taking responsibilitycountry, in the world that may affect our outlook for the day. They may affect our mood, and they may affect how we react to other people. It can be as trivial as someone in the family racing out the door and not saying goodbye; it could be a world event like a tsunami that makes us grieve for the loss that other people are going through.

We need to understand that we can’t control what occurs in the world, we can’t control political events, and we can’t control interest rates; what we can control is how we react to these situations. It’s about the decisions you make and accepting responsibility for the consequences of those decisions.

Perhaps we aren’t achieving what we would like to achieve in our life because of who controls or influences our life. It may be others, such as:

  • Your parents
  • Your partner
  • Your children
  • Your boss
  • Your work colleagues
  • The government
  • World events
  • The driver who cut you off in traffic today
  • The queue at the supermarket

By allowing circumstances, events and words to affect us in a negative way, we’re passing control of our thoughts, mood, and experiences onto other people who are out of our control. When this occurs, we’re living a reactive life. The benefit of letting others control us is that we have someone else to blame – that lets us off the hook.

The alternative action is that we could take responsibility for our self.

Empower yourself in three steps:

Making the choice to be in control can be empowering you only need to control yourself. So here are the steps:

  1. Recognise that you have the power to choose how you react to a situation
  2. Recognise when you are not taking responsibility for your life
  3. Practise stopping yourself when you are letting others control you and take responsibility

This is a new behaviour so practise is really important.

If you don’t run your own life, someone else will

John Atkinson

You can choose to take responsibility for your life.

Thank you and I look forward to sharing more tips, strategies and skills to support you to be more organised so that you too can create a better life.

“Be an inspiration to yourself and

you will be an inspiration to others.”