This is How You Become Less Busy: Declutter Your Mind

It’s surprising how much free time and productivity you gain when you lose the busyness in your mind.

Brittany Burgunder

Busy has become a social norm and part of culture.

We fill our calendars, to-do lists, and reminders; download all the apps to simplify our life; but instead of a fulfilling life, you end up with a busy schedule and a cluttered mind.

In the last 45+ days, I noticed how busy I got. Looking at my calendar, I don’t think I actually was.

I just had a lot going on in my head. I felt cluttered which, in turn, made me feel scattered; less focused.

I did an experiment to see how to make my life less busy and more fulfilling; and my mind less cluttered and more clear.

In the next few minutes, I’m going to show you how I did that. If you turn these practices into daily habits, you will experience clarity in your mind and find a vision for your life. You’ll become less busy mentally and more confident daily. You’ll train yourself to find fresh perspectives and live intentionally.

There will always be something going on, but it’s up to you to manage your behavior through it all. It’s up to you un-busy your mind before you can become less busy in life.

Instead of being run by your schedule or tasks, let those things run by you.

But first, take control of what seems to control you, clear your head, and:

  1. Eliminate distractions
  2. Turn hesitations into positive triggers
  3. Create daily goals
  4. Imagine your future-self regularly
  5. Set yourself up with routines

Eliminate distractions

“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”

― Winston S. Churchill

Declutter what you look at and your mind will begin decluttering on its own.

Start by removing apps on your phone and approach it as a tool instead of an entertainment device. Keep only what’s essential (texting, calling, email, calendar, calculator) and treat it with intention. Delete your social media and unsubscribe from unnecessary emails (anything that sends a notification and triggers everything inside of you to check your phone is a distraction).

Another thing is to remove unhealthy foods from your kitchen, which are interferences to a healthy lifestyle.

Eliminate clothes you don’t wear, products you don’t use, paper you don’t need, even pens that don’t work.

Eliminate what constantly bombards your subconscious mind and distracts you from doing what you want and need to do – the things that take your attention and dull your creativity.

It will take some time, but if you do this, you will experience freedom in your mind, calendar, and even emotions.

What distractions can you eliminate today, or better yet, right now?

Turn Hesitations Into Positive Triggers

Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.

Thomas Huxley

Hesitation means a state of doubt or uncertainty.

Turn your hesitation into a positive trigger by acting on whatever it is you’re hesitant about.

Whatever you’re doubting or uncertain of doing, do it as fast as you possibly can.

People hesitate when they are afraid to make the wrong decision. But by acting on your hesitation (fear, doubt, uncertainty) you chisel it away each time by acting on it.

Of course, have common sense and discernment in every situation. But most often, and especially regarding your goals and ideas, challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone.

You will become confident in taking risks, making decisions, and sharing ideas.

Don’t convince yourself, just act on it.

The more often you do this, the less you’ll hesitate. You will have clearer thinking and more confidence.

Some of the greatest ideas and inventions came to be because the originator didn’t hesitate.

Again, as soon as you hesitate, take the leap of faith as instantly as you can.

Your results will surprise you. And you’ll find yourself less hesitant in every situation.

Create Daily Goals

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.”

Andrew Carnegie

Along with your big-picture goals, create smaller daily goals.

Your big dreams and aspirations are important, but what are the daily and weekly goals you can set? View these as stepping stones to get closer to your dream.

What can you do today that will help you get closer there?

Write them out on sticky notes if you have to. Break them down into steps.

If you don’t know what kind of daily goal to have: start reading.

Set reading goals and get after them.

This alone will stimulate your learnability and comprehension skills. As you train yourself to read X amount of books in 1 week, 1 month, or 1 year, you’ll be able to achieve your bigger goals boldly, because your reading goals sharpen your ability to achieve goal after goal after goal.

Setting daily goals will also help you prioritize your day differently. You’ll know what truly needs to get done and what can wait, which leads me to my next point.

Imagine your future-self regularly

Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker.

Zig Zagler

Make imagining your future self regularly, a daily or weekly goal. (Bi-weekly, if you need to).

Ask yourself:

  • Where do you want to be in 3 months? 1 year, 3, 5, or 10?
  • What should you do today to make that happen?
  • What would your future self tell you right now?

This will clear your mental state and take you to the next level repeatedly.

Proverbs 29:18 says, where there is no vision, the people perish. But he who keeps the law, happy is he.

It’s truly up to you how you lead your life, but God gives us the principles and instructions to make the most of it. So, when we have a clear direction of where we want to be, we’re able to get there quicker because it’s constantly in front of us.

Your picture of your future self will change as time goes on, so by doing this regularly, you’re able to refine and define exactly who and where you want to be in X amount of time.

Your vision helps prioritize daily.

It keeps you on course.

It motivates and gives you purpose.

Create systematic morning and evening routines

“All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do.”

Norman Vincent Peale

Establish a powerful morning and evening routine.

By doing this, you set yourself up to be in a peak-state. Your brain is the most creative in the mornings and the most analytical in the evenings. Therefore, when you create systematic routines, you tell your mind and body what you’re about to do and set yourself up for strategic preparation.

Allow yourself to get ready for the day ahead and learn how to recover from the day before.

It’s vital for your mental health.

In the evenings, do at least 3 of the following:

  • Go to bed one hour earlier,
  • Turn electronics off 1 hour before bed,
  • Analyze your day (journal)
  • Learn (read)
  • Let yourself think and meditate

Read this blog post to help you establish a successful morning routine.

Conclusion

After you’ve done this, no matter what comes your way, you’ll have a clear and decluttered mind. You’ll have put yourself closer to success, making life more fulfilling. You’ll have put yourself in a place of intentional thinking and living.

Because of these 5, you’ll show up better in life. You’ll be better at what you do and in your relationships. You’ll feel clarity and confidence. You’ll enjoy taking risks and pursuing your goals.

You’ll find purpose and intention in all that you do.

And ultimately, you’ll have made yourself less busy because your mind became decluttered.

It’s surprising how much free time and productivity you gain when you lose the busyness in your mind.

Brittany Burgunder

4 thoughts on “This is How You Become Less Busy: Declutter Your Mind

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  1. I like your “don’t hesitate, just do” point. But, like you said, use common sense. We all know someone who is often wrong but never in doubt.

    Also, the people you surround yourself with determines a lot about your future. Nobody’s perfect, but a team can be. So find and join a group of like-minded people who will challenge you to meet your goals and hold you accountable.

    Great post. Thank you.

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