Tag «mental clutter»

what’s weighing you down?

When we think about having too much clutter, we think of the obvious: the stuff in the spare room or the garage, the overflowing bookshelves or wardrobes… But we have a whole inner world of clutter too that can get in our way: our negative talk, our unhelpful beliefs, some tricky emotions. Noticing all the …

turning down the volume

So what cluttered me this week? Yep, it was my inner chatter. Being self-employed means that I can be the master of my diary – at least most of the time. And this week I wanted to spend some time with books rather than the computer. My familiar inner critical voice kicked in straight away: …

and they smiled… :)

I came across this picture again that I took a few years ago, and I love it just as much now as I did back then. I thought of a few people throughout today, and each one of them made me smile for one reason or another. It is easy to feel forgotten by the …

de-clutter your distractions

Tip 5: de-clutter your distractions. Our brain has a finite amount of processing power at any one time. Every tweet, every status update, every meme competes for brain processing power with the big stuff, like consolidating our credit cards or fixing a broken relationship. What distraction patterns do you have and what could you be …

de-clutter your worries

Tip 4: de-clutter your worries. We hold many worries in our head. Some of them are rational, and others might be less so. Either way, we hold them all, and getting them out of our heads is a good starting point. Our worries might be about things seemingly out of our control, making them big …

de-clutter your to-do list

Tip 3: de-clutter your to-do list. Our to-do lists are ever growing and very often stressful, leaving us feeling like under-achievers and with a definite sense of “could do better”. Look at your list and select all the things that you will actively not do right now. Either delete them altogether, or record them separately …

de-clutter your news intake

Tip 2: de-clutter your news intake. While it’s important to be informed, it’s even more important to be informed with stories that are factual, balanced and relevant. Find the few sources of news that you trust, and de-clutter any other news feeds that distract you from getting on with work and life, and that create …

de-clutter your webcam backdrop

Inspired by a few conversations and also what I have been learning from my clients, I am starting a series of de-cluttering tips. Clutter in all its forms gets in the way of focus and effectiveness, and now that most of us are working from home, we might find it more difficult at times to …

just say it!

I just attended a very interesting webinar run by London Business School and presented by Herminia Ibarra about career transitions during this disruptive period. One of the points made was about the importance of reflecting out loud to further our thinking. Saying things changes things. Getting our mental clutter out into the world makes us …

seeing the world differently

  This cool building on Aldgate Square caught my eye as I was walking past. I couldn’t help standing beneath the glass panels and looking at the world from there! Looking one way, my view was framed by strong lines and taking on a new shape. Turning a different way, I was looking at my surroundings …