By Kristin Savage
If you’re a writer, you must be familiar with the notion of a writer’s block. It’s a rather common, and very unpleasant occurrence. It makes you feel unable to write, and your creativity and productivity are at a very low level. It can be damaging for your creative process unless you learn how to handle it.
But, there’s no reason for you to worry since all you have to do is declutter your mind. This simple solution will help you overcome your blockage and move past it.
Here are the 10 best ways for writers to declutter their minds and become more productive and inspired.
Keep a Diary or a Journal
Sometimes, we’re filled with negative energy or we feel tense without even knowing why. If we suppress the way we feel, we can never overcome what’s bothering us. That’s why it’s a great idea to keep a journal as a form of self-therapy. You can write about:
- what’s bothering you
- your fears
- your joyful moments
- your plans
- your weaknesses
Whatever it is that you have in mind, write it down to remove the pressure and the stress from your mind. It’s a great way to declutter regularly.
Declutter Your Environment
Think about the space that you most often write in and the space you spend the rest of your day. Your house, office, or apartment need to be an inspiring environment in order to get you going to and nurture your inspiration.
If your environment is cluttered, so is your mind. Turn things around by decluttering your environment:
- get rid of the things you don’t need
- do a makeover
- add inspiring colors
- organize things
- keep it clean and simple
Turn your environment into a pleasant space and you’ll instantly feel a surge of creativity.
Let the Past Go
Unsorted issues form the past or unpleasant events we had to go through can be a huge burden for us. Many people find it hard to let the past go and focus on what’s ahead. This can suffocate us from the inside and occupy our mind to the point there’s nothing else we can do.
As a writer, you need to learn how to let the past go and:
- focus on what’s coming
- think positively
- overcome past issues in a healthy manner
Think about your future and say goodbye to your past.
You want to do it all and you want to do it now. If you’re a hardworking person, you probably tend to set the bar high for yourself. You push yourself beyond the limit and try achieving everything by multitasking. You need to face the fact that you can’t do everything. Instead, you should:
- deal with one issue at a time
This is the only way for you to free yourself of the pressure and make room for your mind to continue working properly.
Limit Your Information Intake
We’ve all got our phones, tablets, or laptops close to us at any point in the day. When we’re bored or have a three-minute window to do nothing, we usually turn to our devices. Social media and online portals are filled with information we don’t actually need. The more information we take in, the more we declutter our brain.
Limit your daily information intake by:
- spending less time on social media
- reading only about the things you like and care for
- unplugging and enjoying things around you
Stop giving your brain more than it can take.
Start Making Decisions
Decision making is another important step in the process of decluttering our brain. We all have to make choices and come up with the best solution to our problems. However, if we postpone making an important decision, it starts pressuring us and making us stressed out.
Therefore, you have to:
- make decisions as soon as possible
- face your problems directly
- avoid postponing anything
You’ll feel unburdened and decluttered instantly.
Use Your Inner Auto-Pilot
Overthinking is the next thing you don’t want to do if you’re trying to declutter your brain. Analyzing everything and coming up with different scenarios for what might happen is the worst. Instead, you should:
- listen to your heart
- let your auto-pilot guide you
- trust your instincts
This will help you get things done and never regret anything.
Get Your Priorities Straight
If you’re feeling anxious, tense, or down, it’s most likely because you’re lost in your own world. With so many things you need to do and handle, it’s hard keeping a sharp mind.
To declutter your mind, you need to get your priorities straight:
- What is the most important thing for you?
- How much energy can you invest in other things?
Focus on what matters and save the rest of your energy.
Consider Meditating and Yoga
Your mind and body are interconnected and there has to be a balance between them. Meditation and yoga can help you declutter your mind and start feeling better about yourself.
Try it and you’ll feel:
- ready for new challenges
- motivated inspired
Take a Break or Go on Vacation
Finally, there’s one last thing you can do to recharge your batteries and de-cutter your mind completely. Go away for a vacation and find your inner peace by taking a break from everything you’ve got going on. This is a recipe that can’t fail, so if you’ve got the time and money to do it, go for it immediately.
When your mind is cluttered and your body is tense, there’s no way you can express your creativity and write a quality piece of content. You need to declutter your mind first and then get back to writing. Start applying these tips today to feel instant relief and get back to writing.
About the Author:
Kristin Savage nourishes, sparks and empowers using the magic of a word. Along with pursuing her degree in Creative Writing, Kristin was gaining experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in marketing strategy for publishers and authors. Now she works as a freelance writer at TrustMyPaper and Studicus, Kristin also does some editing work at WowGrade.