The power of writing things down – 5 ways to get into the habit

In Features, Home + Living, Mind Health, Motherhood, Stories by Nicole Fuge

Let it go, let it go… You’re about to learn how the simple act of writing things down can turn your messy mind around.

By Anneka Rose

Hey there, busy bee. Are you feeling like your brain’s a bit like a cluttered attic, full of old stuff you don’t need but can’t seem to let go of? Well, fear not, because I’ve got some game-changing tips that’ll help you clear out that mental mess and reclaim your sanity. Let’s dive into the wonderful world of writing things down and decluttering your mind.


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The Lowdown on Writing Stuff Down

So, picture this: you’re juggling a gazillion things at once, from school runs to work deadlines to remembering to buy loo roll (yep, even that’s on the list). It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin. But did you know that scribbling things down old-school style can actually make a massive difference?

Science bods at Princeton University reckon that jotting notes by hand is the bomb diggity for boosting your brainpower. Apparently, it helps you remember stuff better and understand things on a deeper level. Plus, there’s something super satisfying about putting pen to paper – it’s like giving your brain a big ol’ hug.

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Decluttering: Your Ticket to Zen Town

Now, let’s talk decluttering. Just like Marie Kondo works her magic on messy wardrobes, we can do the same for our minds. Say goodbye to mental chaos and hello to inner peace – sounds pretty sweet, right?

Here’s the deal: when you’ve got a gazillion thoughts buzzing around your noggin, it’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack. But by getting all that mental gunk out of your head and onto paper, you’re clearing the decks for some serious clarity.

Think of it like Marie Kondo-ing your brain – you’re tossing out the junk and making space for the good stuff. Suddenly, those daunting tasks don’t seem so scary when they’re written down in black and white.

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How to Make It Happen

Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Sounds great, but how on earth do I actually do it?” Don’t worry, I’ve got your back, sister. Here are some top tips to get you started:

  1. Get organised: Grab yourself a snazzy notebook or fire up a note-taking app on your phone – whatever floats your boat. The key is to have one central spot where you can dump all your thoughts and to-dos.
  2. Prioritise like a boss: Take a good look at your list and figure out what needs tackling first. Got some big scary tasks looming over you? Break ’em down into bite-sized chunks – trust me, it makes things way more manageable.
  3. Schedule brain dump sessions: Set aside some time each day to do a brain dump. Just let it all out – the good, the bad, and the downright random. It’s like hitting the reset button on your brain.
  4. Learn to let go: As you’re decluttering your mind, you might come across some old thoughts or worries that you don’t need anymore. It’s okay to let them go – thank them for their service and send them on their way.
  5. Keep it simple: Embrace the power of minimalism by decluttering your physical space too. A tidy environment equals a tidy mind – it’s as simple as that.

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So there you have it, the lowdown on writing things down and decluttering your mind. It might seem like a small change, but trust me, it can make a world of difference. So grab your favourite pen, take a deep breath, and get ready to unleash your inner zen.

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