I think mental clutter is a lot like physical clutter. Something lying around in an inconvenient place that requires some action by you. It starts with the thoughts that fly through your head all day. You know the ones.
- I have to make a well-check appointment for my little one.
- I need to remember to bring my computer home from work today.
- I need to call my mom.
- I signed up for a conference at school, I wonder when that is.
- I really need new shoes.
- My purse is a mess, I should clean it out.
- The kids got flu shots but I haven’t yet.
- And on and on.
If you’ve read my guide or some of my other articles, you know my strategy when I have those thoughts is to act on them right away. That way I’m not adding to the mental clutter. If I don’t do them or schedule them, they will just be in my mind until I finally take care of them. Like the physical clutter, I may not notice it but it’s there. When I try to think about it, it doesn’t immediately come to mind. It just hangs out there in the back of my mind causing stress. [Read more…] about Reflections on Mental Clutter