Better time management isn’t the only solution to feeling overwhelmed. You may have a case of “brain clutter.”
When you’re feeling stressed and unproductive, your first instinct might be to look for a better system:
- A better system to manage your time
- A better system to manage your projects
- A better system to manage your life
Before you blame the system, first check to see if you have excessive mental friction and brain clutter.
As Brigid Schulte explains in her book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time, “Getting a handle on overwhelm was not just about creating more space and order on my calendar and in my office, but doing the same in my mind.”
This article explores the typical causes of mental friction and brain clutter, and suggests ways to declutter your brain to reduce stress, increase productivity, and achieve more peace of mind than any elaborate time management system.
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The complete article includes these important concepts:
- Typical Causes of Mental Friction:
- Ambivalence, indecision and self-doubt
- Unfinished projects
- Random mental clutter
- Unclutter Your Brain
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Article by Patsi Krakoff, Psy.D.