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Three Causes of Mental Clutter


Three Causes of Mental Clutter

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Brain Maze

Clearing your brain pathways of mental clutter.

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Are you open to suggestions for changing old habits in order to clear away brain fog or mental chatter that is cluttering the natural pathways of your brain? Then read further...


Avoidance, Indecision, and Procrastination

Do you have a mental "to-do list" that is overloading your brain power? Or is indecisiveness possibly robbing you of clear and focused thought?

A Case of Brain-Drain

Make an effort to periodically clear your mind of any obsessive thoughts that are overwhelming you. You will likely be bogged down with a serious case of brain drain unless you routinely take the initiative and consciously clear your mind of non-productive thoughts. Lingering thoughts that are hanging around creating a depressive atmosphere creates mental anguish.

Clearing Away the Monkey-Brain Chatter

Are you plagued with mental chatter that repeatedly criticizes --telling you that you are not accomplishing everything that needs to get done? The last thing a person needs is monkey-brain chatter berating you. What a waste of energy!

Our tendency is to pile our plates to excess with responsibilities. Either we unwittingly take on too many duties, or we are not effective time managers. Unfortunately, following glib advice like "just say no when asked to take on additional projects" or "delegate your tasks" isn't always feasible. Unfortunately, there are some things we cannot say no to, even though we might like to. And there are certain areas in which we simply are not comfortable delegating over to someone else. Hello Control Issues!

Are You Guilty of Wasting Time?

Admittedly, I have been guilty of wasting time. I am still learning about time efficiency. Whenever I am in a state of avoidance or am having difficulty making a decision, I tend to make myself very busy doing other things. This way I can attempt to fool myself into believing that I'm not really avoiding anything, I'm simply too busy to get around to everything. What a load of crap! Can you tell that I'm not very good at convincing myself?

Pesky tasks I have neglected to tend to will continue to haunt me until I settle down and actually get around to doing them. It is usually not until I take the bull by the horns and finish the daunting activity that I realize just how much time and energy I wasted in mental anguish during my avoidance period. Why didn't I just roll-up my sleeves and get to work on that project to begin with? When will I ever learn?

While Avoiding Something, It Is Probably Not Avoiding You

You may have put a particular task on the back-burner, choosing to ignore it for a few days, weeks, or even months. Meanwhile, the uncomfortable "undone-ness" of whatever it is you are avoiding is likely simmering away in the back of your mind making a nuisance of itself. The stream of hot steam emitting from that stew pot will be blurring or blocking your thought processes non-stop. Nagging reminders of unfinished business clutter our minds, weigh heavily on the heart, and can also adversely effect our overall health.

Avoidance, Procrastination, and Indecision Contribute to Mental Anguish

My best advice is to avoid avoidance at all costs. Stop stressing over your indecision, breathe deep into your gut and take a leap of faith. Don't worry that your decisive actions may turn out less than wonderful. You'll never know for sure until you allow something new or different a chance to evolve.

Take Action and Tackle Those Pesky Tasks

Take action and do whatever it is that you have been intending to do but never get around to it because it isn't the most pleasant task to attend to. Take my word for it, you will feel so much better having put the task behind you. Completing your tasks will purge those nagging thoughts of unfinished business from your mind. Tackle the pesky tasks one by one. Just Do It! You'll be happier and healthier for it.

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