Organize: Your Thoughts

Organize: Your Thoughts

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Thoughts are the building blocks of our lives, for better or worse. They are like little bubbles that exist in our minds and can influence us greatly.

From our past experiences to what we choose to focus on in the present moment - thoughts shape our reality. Yet, when it comes to organising them, we often neglect this powerful tool and leave ourselves at risk of being overwhelmed by anxiety, stress and a lack of clarity. For the role that thoughts play in our lives, it becomes clear why it is important to have an organised thought process.

Let's say our aim is to discover our life’s purpose. While this can freeze people into indecision, taking the time to understand what we truly enjoy can lead to giant breakthroughs.

Here are a few exercises that we can try:

1. Write a journal entry.
• A journal entry can help us make our thoughts more clear and allow us to convert thoughts into a form where we can easily recall them.
• The act of writing helps us to better form memories. When we write, not only do we have to think about what we are writing, the initial thought had already existed. This means that instead of the thought existing once, in our brains, it occurs twice or even multiple times until we finish writing.

2. Review and rework our written thoughts.
• We can see if our thoughts have any conclusions that once being written, we may begin to see that we haven't fully fleshed out an idea or opinion.
• Sometimes after a thought is written, it can feel as if it came from a third party. This allows us to criticize our thoughts in a way that we may not have tried before.

3. Resort to paper before the screen.
• The way that we experience life has a huge impact on the way that our thoughts are formed and processed. Not only does technology provide additional distractions, they often allow us to abandon our thoughts prematurely. Worse, technology may allow us to prefer not having to think.
• We avoid the consumption of blue light that many of our technological devices emit. This light often disrupts our ability to think clearly, as they irritate our optical nerves, which are connected directly to the brain.

Not sure what to write? There are many ways that you can organize your thoughts and ideas in a notepad. If a journal entry doesn't sound like it will work for you, you can try one of the following methods:

 

 

Mind mapping
◦ Lay out our thoughts into sub-thoughts in a visual manner.
◦ Great for visualizing the way that our brains form new thoughts.
◦ Perfect for left & right brains.

 

 

Freeform drawing
◦ Allow your mind to wander as you draw aimlessly.
◦ This is similar to freestyle poetry and rap, it allows your brain to find its direction on autopilot without seeking perfection.
◦ Great for right brains

 

 

Freeform writing
◦ Write whatever comes into your head without any organization or order.
◦ Useful for brainstorming and getting your thoughts out onto paper.
◦ This is also a good way of discovering our undefined emotions.
◦ Good for either brain dominance, even better for left brains.

 

 

Outlining
◦ You can divide your page into two columns, one for the main idea and one for supporting points. You can also use this method when you’re studying or taking notes in class.
◦ Wonderful for left brains.

By consciously cultivating our inner dialogue and sorting out our ideas into categories, we create a strong foundation for success. Not only does this help us to become more confident in decision-making, but it also allows us to access new perspectives and approach life from different angles.


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