There are times when we are in situations where we don’t have clarity in our mind.
It may be a difficult situation, a decision you have to make, or you’re just overwhelmed by your thoughts. These are the moments when your brain stops working and you feel the emotions having the best of you.
In this article, you will find practical ways on how you can declutter your mind, refocus and make better decisions especially when you feel overwhelmed and stuck.
1. Gather the material
Grab a big notebook, notepad or a sketchpad and your favorite pen(s) and colors.
You can just use these, or level up by using sticky notes or a cork board and pins.
2. find the place and the time
Find a neutral place that doesn’t have work stuff or other things related to your source of stress. It has to be quiet, comfortable for you and clutter-free, and where you can be alone and at peace. If you have other people around, ask them kindly to leave you for one hour or go out somewhere that is not too crowded, like a park or a coffee shop.
3. Write your heart out
This is the first step.
Write down all your thoughts, your feelings, your fears and hopes. Release anything that is bothering you, as the action of writing is really cathartic for your mind.
When you’ll be done writing, you will probably end up with many pages of paper and it’s ok.
Start to underline in one color your fears and in other colors your hopes and ideas.
After this, rewrite them on the sticky notes or smaller pieces of paper that you’ll pin on the board.
4. make order
Little by little, try to group the sticky notes and do a mind mapping by linking or grouping your thoughts with each other and filling in the gaps. You can do it vertically, horizontally, any way you want as you’ll be able to move the notes and reposition them.
Link the problems with their causes and the possible solutions that will come to your mind.
Understand your fears. Are they just something you’re imagining or possible realities? How can you prevent them to happen? How can you prepare yourself to face them?
About decision making ask yourself: what are the best scenario and the worst for each decision?
Everything is figureoutable when it’s written on paper.
5. win a battle at a time
You’re already able to see a clearer picture.
Now, you can prioritize your problems and your actions.
Attempt (because it may change) to write a list by priority of issues you need to solve first and the actions you have to take.
This will allow you to not feel overwhelmed by the quantity of problems that just keep bugging your mind, and to focus on one problem at a time.
The formula for Mental Clarity is:
Write down what’s in your heart and mind + put order to your thoughts + win a battle at a time = You can do it!
my mental clarity journal
You can keep the notebook or notepad you used for the future for the same purpose and make it a Mental Clarity Journal. You’ll have a meaningful journal to refer and keep for the future 🙂
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What about you? What are your ways to find more clarity on a situation?