Decluttering the Table and Mind

Decluttering the Table and Mind
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As I grew up, I wasn't the type of person who enjoyed arranging and organizing things. With my small table constantly piled high with books, office supplies, and miscellaneous stuff, my room appeared chaotic. I never thought of organizing as a time-efficient activity; I rather liked looking for things when I needed them. I used my mind as a guide, telling myself things like, "That pen is somewhere on the table."

I once went to stay with my cousin, who had a tidy, well-organized room. The books have labels, and there is a holder for the pencils and pens. It's his explanation, not how he ordered it, that I still remember: "It's worth the effort and time taken." I only came to understand this much later in life, when my mind starts drowning in thoughts that kept piling up.

Everything occupies space, whether it's a joyful idea or a mounting anxiety. Why then, should we try to fit everything into our finite brain space when we continue to acquire more every day? Why not plan things out carefully to reduce stress? Even though it may seem absurd to compare a mind-space to a physical table, there are parallels, particularly in the way that both can benefit from cleaning in order to increase productivity and improve clarity.

empty black rolling chairs at cubicles
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Decluttering the mind is the process of removing the fluff and rearranging the thought process of your mind in order to achieve more clarity and decisiveness.

Few people have the capacity to auto-arrange their thoughts, but fortunately it can be learnt using a variety of techniques. The first step is akin to counselling, where you untangle your ideas and feelings while clearing your head of the clutter and pointless things. Differentiating each thought will let you see that many of them are empty worries and thoughts that don't need to be given any place. You'll eventually develop the ability to distinguish between thoughts that need action and those that can be set aside.

Once the first step has been taken, we can continue by tackling the current problems. You can format it as a bullet list and prioritize the goals that need to be achieved right away vs those that can wait. Depending on the problems you are having and the persons or circumstances involved, the secondary steps may change.

Example: Consider that you need to choose your friend, purchase a wedding gift, and go to a meeting. Here you can prioritize each work in this situation according to urgency and time constraints.

Credits: Balabhaskaran
Credits: Balabhaskaran

As simple as it sounds you can achieve this result using various methods:

Writing down your thoughts

Most of the time, when you're overwhelmed, you'll be full of thoughts. Much like a ship in a storm you will be unable to guide them in any discernible way. This method of writing down can be utilized if, for any reason, you don't feel like sharing it with anyone. Any type of journaling that you use to record your thoughts might bring about a significant sense of relief during these times. Writing in a journal is simply a way to get your thoughts out so you can express them however you feel.

Talking it Out

If you have someone who can work well with you, talking it out is a good method to vent. This person could be a friend, parent, sibling, or partner of yours. When expressed by the individual, the thoughts have the power to increase clarity as well as to organize and clear the cloud. Here, the recipient of our disclosure can have a significant impact on the outcome. Consider discussing your thoughts with someone who would listen without judgement instead of jumping to conclusions.

Express Your Thoughts

The most straightforward and obvious approach to release pent-up emotions is to express them. Since we are often conscious of our social space and are typically not free to, this is not always practically doable. However, if the situation permits, this can be communicated, albeit in a controlled manner. Regardless of the problem at hand, managing the feelings is preferable to burying them deeply.

You can utilize the ways described here to remove the heavy load from your head from your body. This approach can be used as a stepping stone to the more complex level where you solve each problem separately. These techniques can help you clear your mind and regain control over the mental hold you formerly held. Once you're clean, you can start telling your head exactly what to do and what not to do.


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