Mental Clutter

Everything we surround ourselves with has a gravitational pull on our minds.

A pile of dishes, a stack of unread books, instruments, equipment, toys…

They aren’t just objects in our home, they are subconscious todos.

And when it comes to our digital lives, nothing ends — everything is a scrollable bottomless pit of entertainment. Every app, every note, every email… more todos you could be doing right now.

Having too many todo’s is a great reason why to run away and join the circus.

I’m guilty of this as much as the next guy. I’m sitting here writing this with a guitar in front of me, a bag full of podcasting equipment, a stack of books and about 4000 tabs open on my browser.

On one hand, this is good. These are the things I want to spend my time doing. (well, not the 4000 tabs bit). I want to feel drawn to play my guitar. That’s why I have it out. The more in arms reach it is at all times, the more likely I’ll pick it up and play a tune.

But surround yourself with too many of these mental reminders and they stop becoming reminders, and more like energy-sucking clutter on your mind.

THere’s only so much time you can realistically give to things you want to do at once (a lesson that’s hard for me to hear). And battling time is not a fun way to live.

If you feel mentally cluttered, or creatively stuck, perhaps it’s time for a mental spring cleaning. See how removing things (todos) from your daily life feels. You don’t have to get rid of them, although that’s an effective way to refocus. What are your essentials'? What can you live without?

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

Josh Waggoner