Create the right environment
An uncluttered environment leads to an uncluttered mind. Yet most of us are surrounded by clutter. Some of it is physical but most of it is mental. Physical clutter can also lead to mental clutter.
The obvious cluttered is the stuff all around us that we can see (or are hiding) in our working spaces, desks, draws and living spaces.
Slightly less obvious clutter comes from filling our brains with mindless TV and endless social media doom scrolling.
The least obvious clutter is the invisible, what’s going on inside our heads without us realising it. The following things take up space in our brains, which means they also take up energy.
- Incomplete tasks (I have to remember to…).
- Negative emotions like having regrets.
- Keeping your to-do list in your head. The more we procrastinate on a task the more space it takes up.
- If you value productivity then incomplete tasks will create negative emotions.
- Worrying about things out of your control. Worry often sits with fear and both are negative emotions that consume your energy. Examples of worrying come from
- “What if…” scenarios.
- Watching too much news because it is designed to sell advertising and the best way they can do that is to keep you emotionally engaged. E.g. “property prices are expected to rise/fall…”.
- Trying to multitask.
How can we create clarity in our lives?
- Let go of the past. There is nothing to do but learn from the experience.
- Improve your self awareness.
- Understand your values and what created those values in your life. This will help you to understand your self talk, thoughts and emotion.
- Understand what is and isn’t working in your life. What are you happy about and what do you want to improve. You need to know why you want to improve that area of your life. Why is it important to you? If you can’t answer that then you’re living according to someone else’s values.
- Create stillness. Meditation is a great practice to still our inner voice.
- Get really really clear on what your core objective is. If you know that you want a certain amount of money by a certain date in your investments then you can make strategic and tactical decisions to achieve that. These decisions will identify the skills, resources and tools required.
- Working towards an exciting goal energises you and puts you in a state of moving towards something.
- Surround yourself with better people.
- People that have done what you want to achieve
- People that are positive and optimistic.
- People that inspire and lift you up.