I was reading Michael Jacob's post on Active Rain yesterday about his progressive journey of de-cluttering the physical stuff in his life, which led me to thinking about something both Ron and I practice arduously on a daily basis: mental de-cluttering!
Mental de-cluttering is taking a few moments several times in one's day to clear all those thoughts that jump in and out of your consciousness that cause you to get distracted! For example, it is that unpleasant encounter with a client who arrived late that makes you want to rant and rave to anyone who will listen, write a post about it, post on FB, Twitter, etc.
The clutter compounds when your well meaning friends and commenters tell you all about the misery they suffered that morning. Or better yet they recount a whole string of events similar to yours. This adds momentum to your incident, as they are in agreement with you about this client and how people today are mean, irresponsible, blah, blah, blah! And your outrage gets even bigger, which takes up more space in your head.
In marketing real estate, we all know that a cluttered room limits buyers' vision and diminishes their ability to see possibilities. The same is true of the mind. Mental clutter means you have less concentration and less focus available in your day.
When your mind is clear you see opportunities and possibilities. You may be surprised, you will find yourself working less hours and enjoying your life more. That is the magic of mental de-cluttering.
Written by Ron & Alexandra Seigel-
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