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When organizing physical spaces, we focus on categorizing like-items
to simplify our lives and make things cleaner, easier to find, and more
efficient. There needs to be a sense of
purpose to each space and a clear understanding of what the goal is, which
reduces stress and saves time.Similarly, categorizing thoughts is critical in organizing one’s brain
and can have similar benefits as physical organization.
Just like a room can be cluttered, we often find ourselves
with cluttered minds.There are so many
duties and obligations to keep track of, but there are also thoughts that are
less-task oriented that tend to stick with us, thoughts and feelings that don’t
show up on a to-do list or a calendar.Maybe you have thoughts about your day or feelings about an event or a
person that you need to get off your mind.Something might be bothering your or worrying you, keeping you up at
night or distracting you from the task at hand.The best way to clear head space, to organize your thoughts and free yourself
to focus on other aspects of your life, is to write or journal.
There are several benefits to keeping a journal or expressing
oneself in other forms of writing.For
starters, writing can be a reflective process that allows you to look back and
discover what is going on in your life.It may help you determine what is truly important to you and help you
make sense of your life by allowing you to read your thoughts and feelings and
reflect on them.Or, more simply,
writing can give you a new, perhaps more objective, perspective on the world
around you.Emotionally, writing can
serve as a tool to internalize events and allow one to come to peace with what
has happened to them, positive or negative.Practically, writing memories can be useful for recalling events and
sharing stories with people for years to come and creates room in your mind to
take in new information and let go of some of the old, knowing that it is available
somewhere for you to come back to if you want it.Whatever you are writing, the power of putting
pen to paper or keyboard to document cannot be underestimated as it has the
unique ability of clearing your mind.
Often, people wonder what they should write about.Well, a great way to get the mental categorization
and organization flowing is to start with the physical world.Something about doing more menial tasks, such as organizing
your clothing or cleaning out your garage, can free your mind to wander. This
will often bring different worries, fears, hopes, dreams, and other thoughts to
the forefront of you mind, giving you the opportunity to contemplate and maybe
write those thoughts down later to address them, confront them, or put them to
rest. Working to organize the physical and mental space in your life can help you to achieve calm and peace while making you happier and more efficient. Give it a try today, even if you start small, and see the benefits that categorizing your thoughts, in addition to you items, can have on your life.
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