De-clutter your mind to improve your performance


If you’re like me, my mind is full of meaningless crap.  I’m always amazed at how much I accumulate during the day.  We are surround by information for at least 12 hours of the day – from work to family to things we listen to on the radio or what we see on TV, our minds are always gathering a plethora of information.  For me personally, it also doesn’t help that my guilty pleasure is reading stories in People Magazine and finding out the latest celebrity news.  Fun stuff, but not really helpful or relevant to my life.

Lately, I’ve been feeling like my brain can’t handle all the info because I have too much stuff stored in my brain.   You could say that I’ve been in a state of information overload.

Do you feel this way too?

My brain stopped wanting to process all the stuff coming in and out and it was weighing me down.  I had so much useless info like what a celebrity wore on such and such date or the latest gossip about Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore’s break up.  Are any of this relevant to me?  Heck no!  But I still had the stuff stored in my mind.

I’ve recently come to the realization that I need to do a little spring cleaning.  I’d like to share some ways that I’ve found useful to free myself from all the “mind clutter”.


How I organized my thoughts in a meaningful way to improve performance…

1. Compartmentalize the info – First I had to compartmentalize the info.  When I took something in I tell myself what is important to remember and what is not.  Like organizing a room, setting up different buckets helps you figure out what you have and need.  This way all the info coming in are not treated as equals.  I give more weight to the important info.

2. Get it on paper – Face it, we’re human and we can be forgetful.  So much of our brain capacity is used up trying to remember something.  If it’s important, write it down so you don’t forget.  I keep pen and paper handy.  You can also try Evernote.  I have used this program before and like to put my random thoughts down if I don’t have a paper or pen handy.

3. Actively forget – Yes, forget.  Once something is written down, forget about it.  Only remember the paper or where the note is stashed, but forget about it so you can make room in your brain for other things.  And if it’s useless celebrity gossip (and I had a lot of those in my brain), actively forget about the info too.  We keep what we want in our brain so if we tell ourselves it’s not important and to forget about it, it will go away.

2. Limit useless info intake – I admit it, this is a hard on for me.  I love reading about random stuff.  Think it’s an addition or something of mine.  But in any case, I’ve had to limit my time on certain websites (People, Facebook, etc).  Instead, I have concentrated times I can go to these sites as breaks, but it’s after I finish a task.

*Photo Credit:

jump for joy by moonsheep, on Flickr
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Minling Chuang

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