sweeping_up_thumb.jpgStruggling to focus? Getting distracted by anything and everything? Head full of thoughts?

Then it might be time to de-clutter your mind, habits and environment.

From taking on too much, to distracting desks, we've found some tips to help you think clearly.

The science

Does a clear space really mean a clear mind? According to a study conducted by the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, when multiple stimuli are present in your visual field at the same time they compete for your attention. This bombards your visual system, resulting in limited processing capacity.

In simple terms, the more you can see, the more easily and often you’ll find yourself distracted. Your brain turns into a kid in a candy shop and doesn't know what to grab first.

Your environment

Your surroundings are very influential in your ability to focus and concentrate. Keep visual clutter to a minimum where possible.

We're not saying get rid of everything! But try to eliminate what isn't truly necessary to see if it helps.

You might find you're more productive with a little clear space. Why not use it for something you enjoy? Make the most of your new space for a physical activity and provide a sense of accomplishment.

Spinning plates

Stop trying to multi-task, taking on too much. When you’re spinning too many plates, you can find yourself overwhelmed and not achieving anything. Prioritising what is important will help give you something to focus on.

Try not to instantly agree and sign yourself up for something unmanageable. It might not always be what people want to hear, but saying no sometimes can actually be a good thing! Give it a go.

Write it down

You don’t need to keep everything in your head.

Writing it down or journalling your thoughts can help clear your mind of that inner chatter that can be distracting. From good old pen and paper to digital apps and diaries, find what works best for you. 

Mary Kondo it

Japanese organising extraordinaire Marie Kondo is onto a winner with her de-cluttering hacks and skills.

Does it bring you joy? If you answer yes, you keep the item. If you hesitate or say no, you donate it or throw it out. Simple!

If you don't know where to start, her videos are worth a watch.

Sharing's caring

It's okay if you're getting more irritable than usual. We're all dealing with unprecedented amounts of stress at the moment.

Sometimes a good offload and vent can be just the trick to helping you get back on track and focused. Once you've got it off your chest and out of your system, it can feel like a weight off your shoulders.

A problem shared is a problem halved, so find that someone who can you call when you need a moment to shout 'ARGHH'.

Want to talk about it?

There's no shame asking for help. It's easier said than done, but try not to talk yourself out of seeking support. 

If you need help, we're here 24/7. Call (01472) 256256 and select option 3 to contact the 24/7 coronavirus support line.