I’m sure you heard about decluttering your home but do you know how to declutter your mind as well?
As the #1 writer on Medium, Benjamin Hardy said, “Who you are is a product of your self-image and your self-image is based on your environment. Change your environment and you can change everything.”
Does your environment set you up to succeed or is the physical clutter leading to mental clutter as well? Your environment has a huge effect on your subconscious mind and the signals you are constantly sending it.
Here are three ways you can declutter your mind to achieve maximum efficiency in your life.
As Laurence J. Peter said, “If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?”
Decluttering your house, closet, car, and desk will help declutter your mind as well. Create an environment that is calm, relaxing, and stress-free.
Best selling author Jack Canfield talks about this in The Success Principles:
Subconsciously your mind is thinking, “If I can’t find a stapler when I want it and my filing system is dysfunctional what makes me think I can start my own company or become a millionaire.” — Jack Canfield
Once you free your living and work environment from the mental burden of this clutter you will be more focused, productive, and confident in yourself.
Schedule a “completion weekend” to declutter your mind. Take care of all the things that are bugging you and taking up unnecessary space in your mind. It could be a dirty car, piles of laundry, a broken hinge on a door.
Sure, these tasks may seem small and “not that important” but physiologically they are weighing you down.
Keep an Inventory of Your Friends
While physical decluttering your home, office, and desk can help you gain clarity, you also need to look at your inner circle. As Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Choose wisely.”
If you want to declutter your mind you need to look at the people you surround yourself with the most. Your friends and inner circle can have a huge impact on your effectiveness in life.
If you spend time consistently with friends that are dragging you down or living a life you don’t want anymore you must be willing to change.
Your friends should remind you more of your future, and less of your past.
If you have a ton of friends but don’t love your life you are sending mixed signals to your brain. Focus on the friends who add value to your life, are positive, and supportive.
When you surround yourself with new people your thoughts, feelings, and ambitions will change…sometimes drastically.
Challenge Self Doubt
The last step to declutter your mind is to challenge self-doubt when it hits. Instead of accepting doubt, challenge it head-on.
Prove to your brain that you are more than capable of achieving your goals and your brain will eventually begin to change. The next time you experience doubt or fear accept the challenge and take massive action.
Final Thoughts | Declutter Your Mind
Remember, you control your environment, both physically and mentally. As Dr. Marshall Godlsmith said, “If we do not create and control our environment, our environment creates and controls us.”