Chapter 1, part 1: Declutter Your Mind from A Book in Time

Published on 1 September 2022 at 15:15

According to Tiffany:

Tiffany Adams states that mental clutter is having too much going on in your mind. It's all of the stimuli the brain is taking in. There's a growing world of technology and endless tasks. She says some problems are overthinking, listening to the inner critic, putting off making decisions, and problem-solving. Issues are constantly running through the subconscious. If you ignore essential matters throughout the day, you could risk losing sleep at night. Other causes could be listening to negative thoughts too often, procrastination, feeling guilty for failures, or avoiding the problems. Sometimes it's from trouble letting go of the past or wrong decisions, unfinished tasks such as replying to emails, paying bills, or worrying over things you cannot control. She claims low self-esteem is a form of perfectionism and second-guessing yourself.


What can be done? Tiffany says:

INNER CRITIC:  Mental noise = inner critic; the voice inside your head criticizes you. This is the core of negative thinking. Tiffany says the best thing to do is to listen to what it's telling you, then challenge and ask why, what, and how.


PROCRASTINATION:  Avoiding or prolonging what must be done. The brain stores every job you have, which causes clutter the longer you put it off. The best advice is, "Don't procrastinate!"


AVOIDANCE:  This catches up with you via your inner critic. Inner guilt does not go away until resolved. When you notice you are avoiding or perfecting something, figure out why.


When your inner critic becomes louder, listen to it and slowly declutter your mind by accomplishing critical tasks.


A Book in Time's Commentary:


Professionally:  I find when I put off making decisions regarding my business, my mind is never completely settled. It constantly reminds me there is something unresolved, including if I turn it in at the end of the day without having reached a decision. The issue will keep pressing forward in my mind, and sleep, if any, is light and scattered. Sometimes, however, this may work advantageously, and you can choose to let the thoughts progress as you rest, and new fresh ideas may rise to the surface in the morning. The key is always the same...bring forward the issue and think, talk, or write about all elements of it and potential ways to resolve it. This step alone may lead to a more peaceful sleep.  Just by acknowledging the issue, the subconscious mind takes over and sorts through files of potential resolutions, as has occurred in the past. Reading and hearing the problem aloud causes the subconscious to use different processing methods, and even more possible outcomes are now highly probable.


Personally:  Procrastination may become a bad habit, or worse yet, a way of life for some people. It is so easy to put things off until later and enjoy this moment right now. But are you really enjoying it knowing certain tasks are awaiting you? Think for a moment of a few things that need to be addressed in your life right now. Are they really that big of a deal? If you wait to address them, is it possible that four to five more items may also pop up that need attention? Now the number just grew as you thought about accomplishing the first items on the list. As a few cliches state, "A stitch in time saves nine" or "Don't put off until tomorrow what you could do today."  There is a reason these are timeless sayings. If you take a few moments to resolve what you can right now, your mind is freed up to move on to enjoy the moment without dragging the past with you. The more you clear away from your mind, the more space is open to fill with exciting and positive, productive energy. This new positive energy may even motivate you to achieve more accomplishments and favorable successes, and it most definitely frees up your mind from unnecessary and unwanted clutter.


Spiritually:  There is no sense or benefit in worrying. Merriam-Webster defines worry as "To subject to persistent or nagging attention or effort; to afflict with mental distress or agitation; make anxious." Worrying has never solved anything.  However, it may lead to a list of unfavorable health ailments. Worrying is a negative feeling about an event that has not actually happened. It simply fills you with negative energy and emotions. Philippians 4:6-7 states, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus". Worrying involves a situation you cannot control. As Roy T. Bennett says, "Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can." "More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate."  "If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present." "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength." "No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future." And Dale Carnegie has said, "Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration, and resentment." One final piece of advice written comically from a Chinese Proverb states, "That the birds of worry and care to fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent." Rather than worry about what you cannot change, you should focus your thoughts and positive energy on things you can accomplish.


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2 months ago

I think your comments professionally, personally and spiritually hit the mark. Procrastination and worry adversely affect us in all the ways you revealed above. We gain nothing from them except to allow us less time to fix issues that won’t take care of themselves.
Good advice, thanks.