Feeling a bit stressed or finding it hard to switch off? Then it’s time to for you to consider what you are feeding your mind on a regular basis.
Living in this modern society with information and entertainment at our fingertips, many of us are consuming a steady stream of input all day and night long. News, social media, blogs, youtube, emails… it seems to never end. There is always a new news item, a social media update or email to respond to. This makes for a lot of content that is going into our minds!
I mean, what happens with all that stuff you put into your mind?
It stays there.
It shapes what you think and what you do.
It takes up space!
With so much information and stimulation, it’s no wonder that many of us are feeling like our minds are a bit cluttered!
Having a cluttered mind can cause stress, an inability to think clearly, long-term anxiety and can impact your decision-making ability. Of course having a cluttered mind also means that you really limit your ability to create peace of mind for yourself. There’s simply too much going on in there! We all have a cluttered mind from time to time, but if you regularly experience these symptoms, you should consider doing an input audit.
An input audit will give you the hard facts about how you are contributing to your mind clutter.
Here’s how to do it:
- Designate a period of time you want to assess ( a week, a few days)
- Schedule time twice a day to write down what information or entertainment you have consumed and note the duration. eg. youtube videos 15 mins, email 20 mins etc
- At the end of the assessment period, add up all your consumption categories. You should have a total number of minutes/hours spent on emails, on reading/watching news, of time spent watching Netflix/tv.
- Ask yourself these questions:
What am I consuming the most?(this becomes your top 3)
What is the benefit of consuming these top 3?
What is the disadvantage of consuming these top 3?
What changes to my consumption habits would I like to make?
This simple 4-step process can create awareness of how you are contributing to your mind clutter. As always, it’s about the volume of what you consume as well as the quality of what you consume.
Becoming aware of how your actions are impacting your mind clutter is the first and very important step in decluttering your mind.
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