Have you ever been in a situation where something was occupying your mind and you couldn’t focus on anything else?
I know you have. We all have.
In a situation like this, it can be difficult to re-gain focus. It can be difficult to start being creative. Luckily, there are few things you can do to declutter the mind in this situation.
1. Write Stuff Down
Whatever is running through your mind, write it down. Get it out of your head.
As simple as this seems, it’s very important. When you pour the thoughts down on paper, you free up the space in your mind. Don’t use your mind to store things and ideas. Write as much down as you can to give room for the important processes.
If you’re trying to find a solution to a problem in your mind, sit down for a moment with a pen and a notepad and write it all down on paper. Really think about the problem and get it all out. Write down the questions, the answers and the solutions you come up with. When it’s all written down, you can stop thinking about it and re-visit the problem later if needed.
Meditation is a powerful way of decluttering the mind that helps you to focus better. The intention of meditation is not about getting rid of the thoughts in your head. It’s to be at ease with them.
There’s always going to be thoughts running through your mind but meditation helps you to let them float there without paying too much attention to them.
Whenever I feel overwhelmed, stressed or just struggle to focus, I meditate for 10 minutes. This helps to declutter the mind and re-gain focus. I used to be very skeptical about meditation but it really does help. I suggest trying the HeadSpace app to get started. Here’s why every musician should practice meditation.
3. Eliminate Distractions
When you want to really focus and be creative, eliminate all possible distractions. Go into full blackout mode.
Every social media message, every email and every phone call will distract you. Even worse, a distraction may cause your mind to go totally crazy and start a chain of thought processes that are very difficult to stop.
When I want to truly focus on working on music, I leave my phone on mute to another room and I close my web browser and email. There’s almost no distractions that could get to me at this very moment. That’s how you really get things done.
What’s the first thing you’re going to try from this list? Leave a comment below, I want to know 🙂