It might be a little late for spring cleaning, but it is never too late to clear the clutter in our brains. I’ve got a bit of a love/hate relationship with technology most days. I love it because it allows me to work from home, stay connected to family and friends, and offers so much convenience in being able to locate virtually anything with the touch of the screen, but there are times that I feel overwhelmed by all of the connectedness.
A few months back I read a book that talked about doing a ‘daily download’, I did it for a few days and felt so relieved at just having journaled thoughtlessly. It was interesting to look back over a couple of days to see what words or phrases that kept popping up. Those recurring themes became items for me to pray over specifically or process in order to figure out why it kept appearing and taking up precious mental real estate.
If you have been feeling a bit overwhelmed, anxious, or just stuck and unsure of what to do to get you moving forward again towards the life you want to be living, maybe it’s time you sit down and do a little brain dumping yourself. It is so simple, so refreshing, and I bet you’ve already got the time.
If you’re ready to take some action, then let’s get started! First things first, remove all distractions. Silence your phone or turn it off completely (it will only be 10 minutes, I think you might be surprised by the freedom you feel in this simple act alone). Next grab a piece of paper or two and set a timer for 10 minutes. During this time just write. Don’t overthink it or overcomplicate it. Write in words, phrases. Write things that scare you and excite you. Just allow your mind the freedom and the space to declutter and clear out emotions and thoughts.
After the 10 minutes is up, spend a couple of minutes looking over the list and pick the top three things that stand out to you. You can circle or star them and then on a separate piece of paper list each item that you circled or starred. Then you will pick just three action items for each of the three things you listed. They can be simple steps, in fact they SHOULD be simple steps. The point of the exercise is to just get going and taking some action on tasks or items that have been holding you back from living a life of freedom and bliss.
After you have got your action items for each it is time to get to work. This is the fun part in my opinion because it makes me feel like I am taking ownership and am taking back some control over my to do list. I feel empowered and inspired to keep going, and it is because I know that I am taking some action towards my vision. And that right there is motivation enough for me. If you give this a try, I’d love to hear how it goes for you. Drop me a line and let me know what breakthroughs you’ve experienced as a result of getting in touch with your self a bit more by being a bit less connected (even if it is just 10 minutes at a time)