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11. Disrupt a habit

Good routines can be the backbone of a life you love. And routines are basically a series of habits built to help you be more productive. Sometimes, though, we fall into habits that cause us to not be productive.

And, to be honest, feeling overwhelmed and over-scheduled can become a habit, too. And I get it, getting a lot done can be addictive, so we cram more on our to-do list. And then, we wonder why our minds are always full of rolling thoughts.

Whether it’s a good habit or bad habit, one of the best ways to declutter your life and mind is to disrupt a habit.

What I mean by this is to purposely switch things up so that your mind is stimulated with fresh ideas. Or creative approaches. This also helps you clear your mind. It’s like rebooting a computer.

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12. Allow yourself to be bored

If there’s one thing I can say about this modern life, it’s this: there are so many attractive ways to be entertained. And I’m all about being entertained.

Sometimes, though, there are just too many choices. And constantly having something to do, to watch, to read fills up our brains. And it can be easy to become obsessed, you know? (Game of Thrones fans, I’m looking at you!)

If you want to declutter your life, then sometimes you need to allow yourself to be bored. Unplug your computer. Turn off the television. Don’t pick up a book or magazine or your phone. Just sit and be and allow yourself to be bored.

A study published in the Academy of Management Discoveries, which found that boredom can spark individual productivity and creativity.

13. When all else fails, just go to bed

I remember my grandmother telling me to go to bed when I was worried about something, adding that “things will look better in the morning”. She was right and science supports that. Sleep allows us to consolidate our memories and helps our bodies do important healing work.

Often our minds are cluttered thanks to obsessing over things we’ve done imperfectly, right? Researchers at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience found that having a good night’s sleep allowed folks to move beyond feelings of embarrassment or shame. And folks who didn’t sleep well continued to obsess over similar types of imperfect act.

When you declutter your life and mind, you’ll be able to live a better life.

You deserve to live a life that’s loving and nourishing. And part of that is the ability to be productive. That means you need the mental and emotional space to pursue your dreams. It will demand that you regularly clear your mind, and do less instead of more.

Anytime you feel a little overwhelmed or as if the thoughts have gone wild, you can return to these strategies to regain a sense of control.

Soon you’ll understand that decluttering your life and mind is a supreme act of self-care.

Debra Smouse is a life coach and author who has been published in Time, Huffington Post, MSN, Psychology Today, and more. She knows that the path to loving your life begins with an uncluttered mind. Snag a free workbook with life hacks on how to love YOUR life.

This article was first published on YourTango.

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