No, it’s not about being mindless, mind you. Simplifying your mind means that you’re limiting the waves of seemingly infinite information, leaving you with less information to be digested at a time.
Everyday our modest brains store and process voluminous information, coming from all four corners of the world. Sometimes, we just can’t handle the pressure and feel as if we might blow our brains out any moment then. We need a break. An information break. And a lot of them.
Now the first step is to be aware that deep within you there is that tiny voice that shouts out, “Enough is enough!” You are tired of having so many things occupying your mind: school, work, family, friends, projects, health, and any other things cluttering your head. The louder that voice is, the better.
After realizing that you long for something simpler, stop adding the complicated first. Often it is easier to stop adding the unnecessary first than segregating which information is worth keeping. This means that starting from now , unless you have a very good reason to, stop adding extra weights to yourself. Enough is enough.
Bit by bit, remove all commitments that don’t provide value. Be ruthless on this one. Eliminate everything unimportant until there is at most 10 things that you feel is very important to you, and work on one. Concentrate on one, note down the other nine. Complete your first commitment, then proceed to the next, one at a time. Only then you may add a new commitment.
The entire process is neither easy nor quick, I have to admit that. Sometimes we just can’t decide which one is important to us. We might think that something is important, until we actually did it and found that it’s not that important. Eliminate hastily and you’ll find yourself “accidentally” removing an important commitment. A deliberate consideration is required here, and you’re in no rush to make one. Take your time. Decide on what matters. Stop adding what doesn’t. One thing at a time. Simplify.