There came a time in my life recently that I realized I wasn’t thinking the way I used to. Not to say I got less intelligent, or that I wasn’t able to articulate my feelings; but things just seemed ….cloudy.
I had a hard time recollecting small yet pertinent pieces of information, I wasn’t able to focus on one thing at a time, and my overall decision making was questionable, at best.
I tried to take some mental notes of what changed in the last couple of years; habits I picked up that weren’t facilitating a healthy mental environment.
If you’ve found yourself in the same position, here’s what you ought to do:
1. Stop consuming so much excess information.
Throughout the course of a single day, we are exposed to over 34 gigabytes of data and information. Our eyes scan thousands of objects and over 100,000 words and we process a fraction of it all.
You have to be mindful of the content you’re feeding your brain.
Information overload has been known to increase blood pressure, lower your mood, decrease your cognitive function, diminish productivity and induce insomnia. Really.
2) Physically organize your space.
There are direct correlations between a messy life and unhealthy living.
Putting away items you don’t need at the moment is a good practice for prioritization. Understanding that we can’t handle 100 things at once is not an admission of weakness, it’s an acceptance of our humanity.
In this society, we tend to value workaholic tendencies and don’t even recognize it.
You don’t need to leave all of those tabs open. If it’s that important, bookmark it, exit it, and come back to it.
And if you’ve been looking for a push to unpack your suitcase from the last trip you went on…. this is it. Go do it.
3) Write things down.
Somewhere along the way of iPhones and talking refrigerators, going digital became “it.”
Science says, physically writing down notes helps you to remember them much more than typing them.
You don’t have to carry around a notepad; although, I do and I’ve become way more productive because of it. You can use post-it notes, or scratch things down on the corner of your work papers. Maybe it’s writing it on the back of your hand (ink is bad for you, I don’t recommend this). It’s whatever works for you.
If it’s a to do list, try to simplify your words. Write clear concise tasks as bullet points. Use sub bullet points to expand.
If it’s a way to brainstorm or organize your thoughts and ideas, try mindmapping. This is one of the most effective tools I’ve added to my skill set. Sometimes the answer is right in front of you. Being able to see it all mapped out can help.
Being able to think clearly has improved my life tremendously. I feel less confused and less frustrated… most of the time.
H.A Wadi 2019.