Chapter 3, part 1: Declutter Your Mind from A Book in Time

Published on 5 September 2022 at 14:42

According to Tiffany:

Author Tiffany Adams says, "Perhaps the primary reason for mental clutter is your surroundings and how minimal you live your life." And, "What's most true about mind clutter is that we can never have two things going on at the same time," referring to negative and positive thoughts. She says you must let go of negative thoughts completely as if there are two competing yet opposing thoughts; your mind goes with what it is used to.


"Physical clutter" plays a huge mental input in your stress, mood, and self-esteem. Some people have an attachment to their things, and minimizing their things almost paralyzes them, overwhelming them. You must dedicate yourself to a decluttered environment if you want a decluttered mind. This includes your surroundings and the company you keep. Start with one thing at a time, and do not multitask in your efforts to declutter.


How do we let go of mental clutter? Tiffany says:

     - mentally move; tell your mind it is time to "move"; the rent has gone up

     - choose wisely what you take with you; how necessary is your inner critic; decide what to bring with you

     - pick a spot for the new one once you do move; unpack and organize your thoughts and refile them

     - dedicate yourself to this lifestyle; make sure to include your desires, passions, and positivity


Bury negativity in a closet or the yard. Display positivity on the shelf.  Bring positivity and life goals to the forefront of your mind, and focus on this very moment, not tomorrow. Choose what you will think about, good or bad. Stick to that moment, then move on.  Eventually, positivity will take over your mind because you still pay attention to negativity. However, you are no longer allowing yourself to dwell on the negativity. Practice daily to become one step closer to being free of negativity and developing serenity in your life.


A Book in Time's Commentary:


Professionally:  Like mental clutter, physical clutter overwhelms the mind and prevents productivity and growth. Your workspace is a very important place necessary for your creativity, intellect, and livelihood. With increasing digital abilities, it could be advantageous to organize mounds of paperwork and files electronically. Some apps and software programs aid in storing and sorting information, including apps that can track tax paperwork. According to a National Association of Professional Organizers study, "Cluttered workspaces can lead to a company's financial loss equivalent to 10% of a manager's salary". The "cluttered look" is also distracting and not a good display of confidence to others. Being surrounded by clutter perplexes the mind and inhibits thoughts, energy, and creativity. Negative energy surrounds this type of environment. It fills your brain with unproductive "noise" and makes it more difficult to problem-solve. The clutter slows down the thought process and increases your stress level. Keeping your workspace clear of clutter has a positive effect on productivity and is also beneficial to your mental health. Keeping my workspace neat and organized provides more clarity in my ability to problem-solve and complete tasks. More importantly, I become overwhelmed if I allow things to pile up, such as books, files, bills, or projects. My mind shuts down if I become too overwhelmed, and I find myself able to contribute less to my workplace obligations. I have found that by keeping my space organized, first and foremost, I can prevent this from occurring. This has proven to be an easy prevention against physical clutter being an obstacle to my productivity. Mental clutter can be just as distracting as physical clutter. First, I must ensure I have a list of all the pressing and even some not-so-pressing things that must be addressed. Once I see the responsibilities in writing, whether, on paper or digitally, I already begin to feel more organized and less overwhelmed. I prefer to focus on the most pressing or timely items to tackle on the list first. Once I begin, it becomes easier to continue down the list. As the list becomes smaller, the mental clutter decreases, and productivity increases in both quantity and frequency.


Personally:  I think it is important to dedicate yourself to your desires and passions. I believe this is one of your keys to success. It is healthy to have goals and dreams you would like to accomplish in your life, and to be passionate about them. I believe in setting short-term, even daily, and long-term goals. These passions and desires will motivate you to strive harder, work longer, and commit stronger to some cause that has a purpose for you. Having passions and desires also may reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Passion fuels motivation and builds momentum. It is important to gauge the flow of this momentum so it is sustained over a long period as you advance toward success. It is more of a marathon than a sprint and needs to extend over time. Passions and desires boost your focus and spark your creativity. Your thoughts explode with ideas, suggestions, and alternate ways of doing things. And ultimately, whatever it is you are doing, becomes more enjoyable. Have you ever noticed other people are drawn in when you are passionate about something? Passion may also improve relationships and friendships. Your passion will attract other passionate and like-minded people and open doors where you are at the front of the line. "Do it with passion, and success will follow" from Stunning Motivation. "Make your dream turn into your passion and achieve your goals" from I experienced a time recently when things were predictable and unchanging. I guess you could say comfortable. Suddenly I injected passion into what I was doing and completely wrapped my head around this desire. My ideas and aspirations went from average to so much momentum I almost couldn't keep up! The only difference was my method of thinking, adding passion and desire. This one adjustment changed my trajectory, leading to new possibilities for abundant opportunities and successes. What area of your life can you inject more passion into? Are you willing to commit to follow through as you gain momentum?


Spiritually:  Passions connect the mind and soul. The motivation that results from having a passion may raise your energy level to a higher frequency and have a positive chain reaction of good vibrations. There may be consequences in which positive and favorable energy and opportunities result. Passion will most likely equip you with a positive attitude. "The only way to do great work is to LOVE what you do," from Steve Jobs. When you are passionate about your work, you will become an optimist and strive for improvement. You will do better, be happier, draw more people and opportunities to you, and accomplish more.


"Passion is full of energy and enthusiasm that takes you to the next beautiful venture of life."


"Without passion, you don't have energy, without energy, you have nothing."

Donald Trump


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