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Unclutter your brain in five easy steps

Write it down to unclutter your brain.

I carry a notebook where I write down what I am supposed to remember. Tomorrow night I have to bring my metal garbage can and lid to rehearsal for the play Dorothy Meets Alice. The director wants to use the garbage can to create a loud noise off stage. The sound of The Wicked Witch of the West falling out of the sky, because the monkeys did not use enough counter weights.

Today I have to call the doctor to make an appointment, and I have to call the Supervisor of the Infant nursery to let her know Sandy is going to work for me the day of the play.  I wrote those down as well.

Unclutter your brain in five easy steps

1. Write it down.
2. Write it down.
3. Write it down.
4. Write it down.
5. Write it down.

Okay, now seriously,

Unclutter your brain in five easy steps

1. The first step is to write it down. ( I really mean it. Get it on paper and out of your head.)
2. The second step it to do what you write down. Don’t keep putting off the hard tasks. The unfinished hard tasks stay in your brain and taunt you.
3. Do the first item on your list. Finish it. Cross it off your list.
4. Do NOT try to do all items on your list at the same time. Can you really wash the dishes and clean the basement at the same time?
5. Finish a task. Then start the next one.

And one last reminder.

Write it down.

How do you unclutter your brain?




About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Sue Sutherlin

    YES! I need lists . . . they keep me going in the “write” direction.

    • I think I had better listen to my own advice. Today I will make a list.

  • Pamela,
    Writing it down certainly does help. For me, I have to ask God to look over my list. He’s really good at paring it down. Then with the edited version I do the first thing. I also have a post it note on my computer which simply says, “You just have to do the next thing.”

    Knowing that, I can handle the list. It’s just one thing at a time.

    Great post, Pamela.

    • pamelahodges

      I will put a post it note on my computer today that sames thing as your note. I will just do the next thing, and I will pray for you at the same time.

      Thank you Anne.

  • Pamela, great tips! Thanks for sharing!

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Margaret.

  • That is great advice, and I would add one more: if your brain is especially stressed or overwhelmed to the point where you’re just circling around and around, take a walk and pray and look at the sky. It’s like hitting the reset button or something.

    • So true, Kathleen. I need a daily reminder of this these days.

      • pamelahodges

        Oh, my I need to use the reset button often. Thank you for the suggestion.

  • Rachel

    The WORST is when you make out a grocery list and forget it at home!!! Fortunatly, the grocery store is only 3 minutes from our house, so it is easy (but still a pain in the butt) to go back and get the list. Without my list, I forget half of what I need!

    • pamelahodges

      Good for you for going back to get your list. Sometimes I have to write on my list, “Don’t forget the list.”

  • I made a list, last night.

    1. Walk Sadie
    2. Prep walls
    3. Hang wall paper
    4. Cure my iron skillets

    I did not make time to write. This morning, it’s raining. My original #1 was replaced with writing. #1 might get done, later.

    • pamelahodges

      I hope you get to walk Sadie. Sounds like your brain is not cluttered today. I am sticking to my list today. I tried to be in the basement and the kitchen at the same time this morning, and it didn’t work.