By Mildred Munjanganja | February 8, 2010
Have you ever wondered how cluttered your brain must be? How many ideas, thoughts, ‘things to do’ have you had floating in there for an indefinite period of time. Can you imagine how draining it must be to carry things in your head, things that really should have been handled at one point or the other – as long as you have incomplete and undecided things in your mind, your brain will have to continue working on them until they are completed. How many unfinished things do you honestly think your brain can handle before you start suffering from stress, fatigue, burn-out and other such symptoms?
Right this second, grab a piece of paper and right down everything….big or small, personal or work related, urgent or not, every single thing that you have ever thought you need to do. Do it in an excel spreadsheet or on a numbered piece of paper, your list will look something like this:
1. Take old clothes to Salvation Army
2. Clean out trunk
3. Take PowerPoint lessons
4. Lose 10lbs
5. Lower credit card interest
6. Look into marketing project
7. Get puppy
8. Submit living will
9. Call Aunt Eunice
10. Talk to Juan about that thing he does that annoys me
Can you imagine the amount of bandwidth you are able to clear from your head once everything is written down? Whenever you are trying to focus on a given task and your mind starts to wonder, have you ever evaluated where your mind wonders to? It likely focuses on things that are incomplete and need to be attended to. This then leads to worry and then stress. Once you have EVERYTHING written down, start tackling the list one at a time, and determine what action item needs to be done to get the task complete.