Decluttering your mind (Day 11 of 31 Days of Organizing)

When you think of the word decluttering, what comes to mind?

Papers? Knick-knacks? Clothes?

I want to talk about a different kind of clutter today: the kind of clutter that junks up your mind.

Buddhists often refer to an overly-busy mind as the Monkey Mind.

I think it’s an apt description for what happens when our thoughts run amok, swinging wildly from here to there, with the occasional temper tantrum, pout, and bout of throwing poo (mental poo, that is).

So, what’s the deal with decluttering? And how does it work for our mind?

I was talking to a friend recently and he said he often gets worked up over stuff, sometimes for no good (or logical) reason. It starts with his chest feeling tense; next, his thoughts begin to sizzle, and start zinging around like explosive kernels in a raging hot popcorn machine. He gets so agitated that he simply can’t focus on any one thing.

Why does it happen? Who knows? It could be a number of things (or none of them at all):

  • An unconscious form of procrastination (there’s something he needs to do but doesn’t want to)
  • Inability to feel his feelings (he’s feel uncomfortable, frustrated, angry)
  • Overwhelm (he has tons to do and simply doesn’t know where – or even how – to start)
  • Habit (he’s acted this way his whole life as a coping mechanism)

The thing is, though, he recognizes that mental clutter leads him down this rabbit hole of stress and torment and away from focus, calm, and productivity.

He’s tried a number of things to deal with mental chatter, including exercise, distraction, and even some self-medicating using alcohol or other natural substances (which are illegal in some states).

He found though, that one thing works reliably well: meditation.

Mediation has become his go-to method to declutter his mind.

“Works like a charm, every time. After 20 – 25 minutes of Zen Meditation, I am laser-focused and calm,” he says with a smile. “Plus, it’s free.”

I invite you to consider how you can make a practice of regularly decluttering your mind.

Deep breathing, yoga, long walks, running, swimming, or even meditation are magnificent ways to declutter your noggin’.

Isn’t it time for you to kick that poo-throwing monkey to the curb and declutter your own mind?

Make Some Room,

Angie

P.S. Sometimes organizing is an inside job FIRST! Not sure how to do this? I can help

P.P.S. I’m creating something for you to start 2105 right – by focusing on the INSIDE work. Stay tuned for details!

Lies you tell yourself (Day 10 of 31 Days of Organizing)

Did you even know you tell yourself lies?

It’s true.

Here’s a sampling of lies that keep us in chaos, disorganized and stuck:

  • I’ll remember (the appointment, time, address, verbal commitment)
  • If I’m good, that’s enough
  • Someone will see how good I am and will choose me
  • I don’t know how (this is the one where I often get stuck)
  • I’ll get back to that later
  • I don’t have time
  • They won’t notice if I don’t… (fulfill my promise, arrive on time, etc.)
  • I’ll catch up later
  • I can’t unplug – I’ll miss out on something (the next thing, etc.)
  • I could never do that
  • My family can wait
  • It’s easier to do it myself
  • I can have it all, know it all, keep it all, eat it all, do it all

These are lies that keep you in chaos, keep you disorganized, and keep you stuck.

How?

Mostly because these lies have roots in fear and lack; grasping and struggle; or letting ourselves off the hook (hello, Victimville).

What does any of this have to do with being organized, focused, and successful?

Everything!

As we gather up our power (personal power, will power, Big Powerful Vision for our businesses and lives), we can get shit done. Seriously.

Until then, we’re passive instead of active. Timid instead of bold. Afraid instead of powerful.

For the next few days, see if you can catch yourself in a lie you tell yourself.

And then shine the Truth instead. You’ll be more focused, grounded, and organized. I guarantee it.

Make Some Room,

Angie

P.S. Sometimes organizing is an inside job FIRST! Not sure how to do this? I can help

P.P.S. I’m creating something for you to start 2105 right – by focusing on the INSIDE work. Stay tuned for details!

Instead of being busy (Day 9 of 31 Days of Organizing)

I know you say it. I know I catch myself my saying it, even though it’s one of my pet peeves:

“I’m so busy!”

Part of my Make Some Room Manifesto contains “bad words.” The part of my Manifesto related to “being busy” is intentionally provocative:

Busy is a bullshit word. Choose to say something real instead.

Saying you’re busy is like saying you’re fine. It doesn’t mean anything and it often really means you’re unwilling to share what you’re truly feeling or experiencing.

If you’ve never seen the movie The Giver (and I highly recommend it, if you haven’t), the characters will often say, “Precision of language, please.”

Interestingly, precision of language is actually a way to help organize your intentions and actions.

Instead of being “busy” – be specific:

“I’m working on a great project right now. The hours are long and I’m working at my edge. It’s hard but satisfying!”

Instead of being “busy” – be honest:

“You know, things are difficult right now. I could use some support.”

Instead of being “busy” – be focused:

“Yes, there is a LOT going on. However, when I sit for a minute and list out what’s on my plate, I notice I have three priorities and seven tasks. Let me schedule out my time so I’m in control of my productivity.”

See how that works?

Instead of the stress and vague-ness of “busy” you can instead be specific, honest, and focused.

That feels a whole lot better than “busy” doesn’t it? And I think you’ll see an increase in the quality of your interactions and in your ability to get focused in order to get work done.

Try it and let me know how it works for you!

Make Some Room,

Angie

P.S. Sometimes organizing is an inside job FIRST! Not sure how to do this? I can help

P.P.S. I’m creating something for you to start 2105 right – by focusing on the INSIDE work. Stay tuned for details!

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