21 Ways to Clear out the Brain Clutter, Concluded

As women, our plates are often stacked high with half a million urgent tasks. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed when we’re being pulled in a dozen different directions at the exact same time.

Sometimes God orchestrates our schedules in such a way that it forces us to rely on Him for grace just to make it through the day.

However, sometimes the stress is of our making. Sometimes we fill our lives to overflowing with “brain clutter” and then wonder why we can’t seem to get anything really accomplished.

That’s the brain clutter I am on a journey to get rid of.

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(Just joining us? Read the rest of the series! 1- 2 of 21 Ways to Clear out the Brain Clutter, 3-10 on Eliminating Technological Clutter and 11-16 on De-Cluttering the Home)

  1. Clear your schedule so you have time for the most important things.In today’s fast-paced society, you can be as busy as you want. Learn to say “no”, even to events that sound fun, so that you can really concentrate on and enjoy the best
  2. Take care of your body: Eat brain-friendly food. (Some foods encourage clear thinking. Some foods rob mental energy.) Get outside and exercise: There’s something about just breathing fresh air and enjoying a bit of sunshine that is so invigorating and brain-decluttering.
  3. Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep saps mental energy quicker than just about anything else. Walking around in a sleepy fog makes for a very cluttered brain. Of course, sleep is not always possible, especially as moms to young children. When you can sleep though, do! If your mind starts racing the moment you hit the pillow, keep a notebook by your bed to get the thoughts out of your brain and on to paper.
  4. Stop procrastinating. Has a project been on your to-do list (and in the back of your mind) for months? Just do it!
  5. Trust God. God knows what you need. Sometimes it’s not always what you think you need. As my friend Kasey, from These Five of Mine Plus 2, put it so beautifully, “I’m a girl that needs my sleep. So God gave me 7 children that I might realize I’m really just a mother that needs my Lord!”
I wish I could say that I do all these things consistently. I don’t. But as I’m learning to do each task that lies before me faithfully, the clutter in my brain clears.
What about you? How do you clear your brain of all the clutter so you can focus on faithfully doing what God has called you to do?
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  1. says

    I know I tend to procrastinate on things that take a little bit of time, but when I do take care of whatever it is, I feel so free. 🙂 Sometimes it is hard to know which of the twenty things you should take care of first. And then there always seems to be one more thing you need to do. 😛
    Thanks for the encouragement. I’ve really enjoyed these posts. 🙂

    • anna says

      I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed them!

      I know! There’s always something that needs to get done. Like you said though, it is so freeing to finally get a project I’ve been procrastinating on done!

  2. says

    You’re right about the exercise! Doing each task faithfully makes a huge difference, too.

    The brain clutter I’m trying to get rid of these days involves worry. As a parent, it’s so hard not to worry, even when I pray. Exercise helps with that. So does homeschooling diligently. So does my blogging and reviewing and reading aloud to the kids.

    Great post!

    • anna says

      Annie Kate, thanks so much for stopping by!

      I’m so glad you commented. I hadn’t even thought of worry as a “brain-clutterer” but my goodness, you’re so right! Worry robs us of joy and trust and the ability to actually act!

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