This Week in PCM : Removing Mental Clutter

Mental clutter happens to everyone regarding of profession or level of experience. This clutter hinders your productivity. And it strikes at the worst possible time, when there is a deadline something else important to do. I have three steps that will help you remove mental clutter and resume your productivity.

  1. Admit that you’re overwhelmed

Lying is the worst thing ever! Your mental clutter problem does not go away just because you ignore it! It only gets bigger.

 

  1. Pick one thing to focus on

Yesterday I was hit with a bout of mental clutter. I had all of these floating around in my head. There were:

  • the mastermind homework,
  • deciding whether to go to Fiverr to edit my book pdf down to a sample chapter to increase my email list
  • writing copy for my email marketing campaign
  • business development and,
  • taking recruiter phone calls.

All of these swirling around had me frozen by indecision for hours. Then I decided to do one thing: decide that I would edit my book into a sample chapter myself instead of Fiverr. Picking that first had freed from my mental prison. I took one simple action; and, it was liberating! Immediately after editing the ebook, everything else fell into place. I wrote the email marketing copy and created the URL shortener. I also decided to drop the mastermind homework because it was due Friday.

Shameless plug: You can read my FREE Expand Your Personal Brand sample chapter here:

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You can also buy the Expand Your Personal Brand book here:

http://expandyourpersonalbrand.com/book

 

  1. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Keep doing #1 and #2 until you eradicate all of your mental clutter. Do not stop after removing one thing. The goal is to remove mental clutter completely.

Using these three steps will help you remove mental clutter, stop paralysis of analysis and create awesome results!

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Spring Cleaning Mobile Apps

03182016 Spring Cleaning Mobile Apps

Continuing our spring cleaning series, today we are featuring the top spring cleaning mobile apps. Culling through the Internet, I have found 12 mobile cleaning apps from four articles that are worth your time.

New York Times

Two days ago, the New York Times, published an articles detailing its top spring cleaning mobile apps. Here are my top 4

Name Function App Software
Cleaning Checklist Auto-populate cleaning checklists for your home Apple
Wanderlust To-do list and task management Apple, Android
Cozi To-do list and calendar app aimed at families and groups Apple, Android
Evernote Scannable Digitize old documents Apple
Genius Scan Digitize old documents Apple, Android

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/17/technology/personaltech/checklists-and-tips-to-help-streamline-spring-cleaning.html?_r=0

 

MakeUseOf (For Android Users Only)

Name Function App Software
Good Housekeeping Home All the tips and tricks from the magazine Android
Clutter Rescue Mobile app for the Clutter Rescue site. Users gain access to site’s videos and how-to articles. Android

Source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/rescue-your-house-from-clutter-and-grime-using-these-android-housekeeping-apps/

 

Coit

Name Function App Software
 HomeRecruiters Organizes cleaning tasks into particular times of the day Apple
SimplyUs Good app for couples who clean together Apple

Source: http://www.coit.com/blog/fantastic-cleaning-apps-for-iphone-and-android

 

HuffingtonPost

Name Function App Software
Spring Cleaning Checklist ·         Helps create checklists for every room of your house.

·         Gives you tips for organizing family spring cleaning days

·         Includes videos

Android
ChoreBank ·         Kids help with chores

·         Setting up a chore list

·         Assign monetary value to each chore

·         Know when a chore has been completed

·         Make deposits into your child’s account.

Apple

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/saudia-davis/best-spring-cleaning-apps_b_6904928.html

For more on this series, below are the two preceding spring cleaning articles:

Spring cleaning: http://positivitychange.com/2016/03/this-week-in-positive-change-management-spring-cleaning/

5 Areas in Need of Spring Cleaning: http://positivitychange.com/2016/03/week-pcm-5-areas-need-spring-cleaning/

Visit positivitychange for more tips on managing positive change effectively in your personal and professional lives.

This Week in Positive Change Management : What You Need to Leave Behind before the New Year

12092015 Out with the Old, In with the New

The New Year is right around the corner and everybody to do better than before. This, of course, means dropping those bad habits and unproductive routines. We cannot sabotage ourselves here in December before the New Year even gets started.

Negative mindset and people

Resolve to let these people them go! Why are you letting people steal your joy? Don’t bring this baggage into the New Year. Dropping these ne’er do wells liberates you to take more time for yourself. You cannot bring the would’ve, should’ve and could’ve in the New Year.

You must also erase the negative mindset. That’s why I have written it now. It takes time to distance yourself from negativity. You cannot just flip a switch on New Year’s Eve and poof be gone! You need to shift your mindset from doubt to doing. It takes time to move past it; but, eradicating negativity is something that you need to leave behind.

Physical and mental clutter

Stress wears you down. Your body and immune system break down. You are way too fabulous to look ancient before your time. Don’t’ mess up your pretty over stress. Remove yourself from stressful situations. If your work environment stresses you out, then hire a resume writer to revise yours. The resume writer is probably offering discount Christmas rates so you’ll get more bang for your buck revamping yours. Right now everyone has Christmas on their brains. You are getting a head start on the job market by putting your brand out there now in December.

Mental clutter obstructs your thought process. You cannot be productive and think clearly. Removing the mental clutter gives your brain new space to think new thoughts. Buy a composition notebook and write down all of your thoughts. No matter how random, jot them down. This is called the brain dump. You are dumping all of your thoughts on a piece of paper that gives your brain more space to generate new ones. Mental clutter slows you down from having better thoughts. Better thoughts = better life.

Incomplete tasks

You cannot go into the New Year with things left undone. It is essential that you complete as many tasks as possible. Finishing them liberates your time for other things when the New Year comes. Currently, I am completing 2 Udemy courses because I want to liberate my time. One of these two classes I stopped taking in January. I was supposed to finish this business analysis course before my February consulting date and it never happened. My gig ended in August and I still hadn’t finished that class. Completing it frees up my time to do something else.  You will see a very big change in energy when you finish something because you won’t have to do it again.

Leaving these three things behind guarantees a more productive end to December and a beginning of the New Year.