Concentrate the mind on the present moment.
A Simple Strategy to Keep Your Mind Clear
Some days we live in our minds more than in the world in front of us.
What tends to happen is we think about the wrong things at the wrong time.
We lose focus and in doing so we neglect the beautiful moments in front of us.
Sitting on the beach but thinking about work.
When we are out with friends but stuck in our minds.
Or on a date but internally at home.
The busier our lives are the more active our minds tend to be.
What’s worse our minds can only hold so much information.
The same thoughts seem to come up over and over.
For some of us it almost self destructs and some people experience anxiety or other ailments.
I have practiced meditation for years and while it has helped me keep my mind clear most of the time, what I am about to share is one of the best things I have done to keep my mind clear.
Its really simple as well, which is what I like.
Sometimes it’s just one simple strategy or distinction that can solve a problem, solutions don’t always need to be complex.
Just carry a small notebook with you at all times.
Something that can fit in your purse or pocket.
When an important thought comes up, just write it down.
Not every thought, but if you are at work and have a good thought about something you should do at home, write it down and vice-versa.
This really helps with work and life balance and being able to focus where you are at the present moment.
Some of our best thoughts come to us in the most unexpected times.
In the shower or driving are two of the most common.
I have heard of people with waterproof writing boards in the shower, but I am not saying we need to go that far.
Who knows maybe that will help you.
Just write down everything important that comes up.
Clear your mind by getting it out of your head and then refocus on what you are doing.
Now I know you may think, well what should I do with all the notes I have written down?
I personally have another notebook at home.
I have it broken down into different parts of my life that are important to me.
Most any thought I have fits into one of those categories.
I then empty my little notebook into the corresponding sections.
They then become to do lists of sorts.
Then each week I look at all the thoughts or actions and choose a few that I would like to do.
Not randomly, I choose based on where I am headed and what I want to achieve in my life.
I will also choose an action simply if it is exciting to me.
Choose based on your own criteria of what you want to do and where you want to go in life.
This will change the game from spectator to becoming a creator.
I could go into more detail but I want to keep it simple.
Simple says, get a small notebook and clear your mind as often as possible.
Then just remember that each thought has a place in your life, work, home, health, relationships ect.
Write it where you will remember and if it is important schedule time to work on it.
If your mind knows you will get to it than it will stop pestering you.
So it is important to empty you pocket notebook as often as you can.
When I started doing this I had about five to ten things a day to write down and I was glad I had my little notebook.
These days I might have three important thoughts to get out of my head.
And I am still really happy to have my notebook.
It’s working, my mind is clear and when it is, I am able to focus a lot more on what I am doing in the moment.
I hope it works for you too.
Please let me know if you have any questions below.
Thank you for being here.