Chapter 4, part 2: Declutter Your Mind from A Book in Time

Published on 11 September 2022 at 18:48

According to Tiffany:

One of the main reasons for a cluttered mind is being disorganized. Staying organized decreases mental clutter. The average person experiences about 70,000 thoughts per day, both consciously and subconsciously. When your mind is disorganized, your life becomes cluttered, which decreases your ability to concentrate, letting procrastination take place.


Organization creates creativity and flow, allowing you to fully engage in the task at hand with no other distractions.


Tiffany's Strategies to Stay Focused and Organized:

- find the perfect amount of difficulty in your tasks; practice mindful meditation

- control your feelings; be honest about them

- maintain focus; avoid distractions

- breaks are necessary

- be easily adjustable; find out how breaks are most efficient


Organization is all about balance.


Tiffany says, "Meditation is the only answer." Meditation is a tool for retraining or reprogramming one's mind. It involves breathing techniques, self-recognition, and spiritual enlightenment. All meditation practices are about emptying the mind and focusing on your breathing.

1.  Concentration Meditation: this helps you practice focusing your attention on one thing at a time, which could be your breath, a word or phrase, something in the room, etc.

2.  Mindful Meditation:  allows individuals to watch their thoughts without labeling or judging these thoughts.


Spiritual Enlightenment involves visualization of yourself as being distant from you, your house, city, continent, world, etc. The goal is to understand that the problem you face right now is small instead of what is beyond your attention.


A Book in Time's Commentary:


Professionally:  Being organized is a key to success in most aspects of your life. In a business sense, you are able to perform at a much higher level than you would if clutter distracted you, whether physically or mentally. Organization should begin to be a habit if you are persistent about it. It can be a second-nature reaction. Staying organized will increase your work performance, reducing your stress level. As things begin to pile up, whether projects that need to be addressed or physical paperwork and files, you will ultimately succumb to the stress if you don't institute a method of organization. Being organized also aids in confidence, meeting deadlines, feelings of accomplishment, and consistency in your performance. You become a more reliable source of both information and output. It also may lead to management or leadership positions, as these positions require organization as a primary qualification, displaying reliability and conscientiousness. Being organized will also give you a keener sense of awareness of detail. Imagine if you were looking to do business with another company. You walk into a room with two potential client companies to choose from. The desk for Company A is piled with paperwork, files, clutter, office supplies, and old lunch containers, and the leader is unkempt and looks as baffling as his/her desk. The desk for Company B is organized with files and paperwork in a sensical place, with no additional clutter, and the leader is neat and professionally dressed. Which company would you approach for a business endeavor?  


"Organizing is what you do before you do something so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up."

A. A. Milne


Personally:  "Procrastination is the act of delaying or putting off tasks until the last minute, or past their deadline," from Sometimes it may occur to avoid a negative situation or an activity you just do not want to undertake. Maybe you are afraid of being judged or of failing. Perhaps you have more interesting things to do instead. Or you may delay the event because you just don't quite understand what is being asked of you. Maybe you do not feel well. You may just simply not be inspired or motivated to complete the task. Everyone has procrastinated at some point in his or her life. This lack of performance may lead to negative consequences, such as late fees, stress, depression, resentment, or even worse, you could lose your job or friendships. So how do you overcome procrastination? Begin with small steps. Make a list of all the things you have been putting off that need to be done. Perhaps put a due date on each item and prioritize them. Set small goals for one item at a time and reward yourself for the accomplishment when it is completed. I like to start with the most difficult or time-consuming task or the one I have been putting off the longest. I generally find once I start to work on that item, it is a little easier than I initially anticipated. And I feel so encouraged when I finish the most undesirable item that, more often than not, I dive right into the next most difficult item. Stop and think about the reasons why you might be procrastinating. Evaluate these reasons and seek solutions for why you are procrastinating.  


"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."

Abraham Lincoln


"Don't wait. The time will never be just right."

Napoleon Hill


"Often just by taking action, by doing something about the situation can relieve the stress and help correct the situation."

Catherine Pulsifer


Spiritually:  Enlightenment means a clear understanding of a situation. This can possibly be attained if it is sought out in ways such as meditation, prayer, yoga, near-death experiences, or even from uplifting activities such as singing, dancing, or performing martial arts. Here you have an almost simultaneous awareness of the correlation between you and everything surrounding you. You observe and are aware of the present moment. You feel connected, let go of any attachments and influences, and find inner peace. Being mindful also causes you to be authentic, possessing confidence and a deep sense of self-worth.  


"Strong people have a strong sense of self-worth and self-awareness; they don't need the approval of others."

Roy T. Bennett


"You can be the most beautiful person in the world, and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you don't know it, all that doesn't even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself, is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It's not like you have forever, so don't waste any of your seconds, don't throw even one of your moments away."

C. JoyBell C


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