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Top 5 Ways to De-Clutter Your Mind, Improve Your Focus & Find Peace in the New Year

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“Your Focus Determines Your Reality.”~~George Lucas

So, what are you planning to do in the New Year to increase your focus or productivity? Besides naps, of course. Naps are always a good thing!

I love the new opportunities and new beginnings the New Year brings to focus on what really matters. You know, the big things, like family, friendship, and doing what you love with passion and joy.  Sometimes, though, you first need to clear out the mental clutter before you can do that. All the distractions on that mental “to-do” list can keep us stuck.

Focus. I learned to focus in high school as an athlete.  You only hear one voice - your coaches even when the crowds is roaring.  You focus on the point guard who calls the play.  You focus on the ball.  You learn to drown everything out and to focus on what is at hand.

Over the next month, I’m going to be focusing my posts on ways to embrace the new year feeling peaceful, energized, focused, and yes, even organized. This article by Janet Choi of The Daily Muse on how to declutter your mind is a good place to start. Read it here, “5 Ways to De-clutter Your Mind and Regain Your Focus.” I like this particular list because it is short and sweet. Highlights: Make Lists, Automate (or delegate, if you will), Embrace the Junk Drawer–of your mind–the crumbled thoughts of those things we need to get to, but just can’t seem to do, Manage that In-box (Truth! I can REALLY relate to this one. I once had over 4000 unread messages.), and finally, just Think About it. Make time for some reflection on how you’re spending your time.

It might not be easy, but finding some focus is one way to embrace the new year with a peaceful attitude and positive outlook. You’ll feel more in control and right away, you’ve scored a personal success. I am on the same journey and I’m looking forward to checking some items off of the mental to-do list, pronto!

Napping is still recommended. Heck, with a de-cluttered mind…you’ll be certain to have peaceful dreams. Score! (Again!)

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Author: lisa

I'm a college English instructor, passionate about education. Join me here and let's connect over cyber-coffee about things that matter.

2 thoughts on “Top 5 Ways to De-Clutter Your Mind, Improve Your Focus & Find Peace in the New Year

  1. This great advice for the new year…advice that will help folks get a new lease on life!

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  2. Thank you so much for your kind comment. I’m so glad you found it useful, and I’m glad you stopped by the blog today! Happy Friday! 🙂

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