7 Ways to Cut Through the Clutter and Lead a Productive Life


Most of us deal with a lot of personal baggage, or detritus, or bull, or whatever you want to call it. This is the stuff that clutters up your mental space and drags you down.

Maybe your clutter revolves around a stressful work environment or an unfulfilling job. It might have to do with difficulties at home or with your extended family (in-laws, anyone?). Perhaps your hectic schedule makes it hard to eat right, exercise, and find time for fun (or sleep).

More likely than not you’re dealing with a combination of factors that leave you feeling anxious, upset, and wishing you could revert to a childlike state and give up all the obligations that are making you feel half-crazed most of the time. The result of this rising tide of mental clutter is probably a marked inability to focus or even function at times.

We’ve all been there, some of us more frequently than others. If you don’t do something about it, you’re eventually going to explode or you’re going to make yourself sick. Neither outcome is desirable, nor are such dramatic episodes necessary.

Ignoring your problems and allowing them to culminate in emotional outbursts or physical ailments is not only harmful to you and others – it’s completely immature. There’s a better, more responsible, more adult way to solve your problems, clear out the clutter in your life, and reach a state of Zen where you can be happy, calm, and productive.

What is this miracle cure, this tonic for the soul? It’s not magic. There’s no secret. Here are a few simple steps that will help you get a handle on your frustration and anxiety in order to turn things around.

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