Did you know that it’s actually bad for the brain to multitask?

Doctors and scientists recommend focusing on one task at a time because this is how our brains are made to operate. But what does this have to do with productivity?

Have you noticed that when you go to work, you just seem super distracted by everything in your mind and you can’t seem to get anything done that you need to?

If your mind is cluttered, your productivity suffers. In this article, we’re going to walk you through how you can fix this! We’ll help you declutter your mind and boost your productivity; let’s get started!

Lists are your best friend

Nothing helps to declutter your brain quite like lists. Lists have an amazing way of allowing you to empty your mind of all the things you’re thinking about or have to do without letting you forget them.

Get in the habit of making not only to-do lists but also lists of thoughts or ideas you have that have also been cluttering your brain. This will allow you to better focus on the task at hand, boosting your productivity.

Manage your email

Email clutter can definitely cause mental clutter. You have to scroll and scroll through useless emails just to find the ones you’re after. Beyond that, it can be highly distracting to have that number of unread emails always reminding you that you need to sort through them.

Often people don’t think about the mental stress their chaotic inbox is causing them. Check your email regularly, being sure to delete the ones you don’t need or want. Unsubscribe from useless clutter and do a spring cleaning of your inbox. You’ll be amazed at the reduction in mental stress it causes you.

Meditation

If your mind feels cluttered, a good way to empty it and recharge is to practice meditation. It doesn’t have to be long; even a simple five minutes of meditation can make a huge difference. Spend a designated period of time meditating; don’t allow other thoughts in, just clear your mind and give it time to rest. You may find this practice to be helpful enough to try to incorporate more meditative practices into your daily routines.

Scheduling

A lot of what clutters our minds regularly is all the things we have to get done and the short time in which we have to do it. While making to-do lists, as we mentioned earlier, can be helpful with this, it’s far more helpful to schedule your time appropriately.

Spend some time each day making a schedule for all you need to get done and the time you have to do it in. Break up larger tasks across a few days instead of trying to get it all done at once. Get the easy stuff out of the way first so you have more time to devote to the more difficult and time-consuming tasks.

Decluttering your mind can be particularly helpful in boosting your productivity. It can help keep your distractions limited and your focus strong. We hope that you’ll use this article as motivation to look at your productivity and your mental clutter and make a change for the better.