A cluttered desk might be a sign of genius, but that doesn’t mean much if a person isn’t healthy. New evidence suggests that a cluttered life often stems from unhealthy mental processes that are equally disorganized.
A Harvard psychiatrist spoke with author Margaret Moore to lay down a series of principles that govern the way the human brain should be organized and offered some suggestions for resolving cluttered minds in ways that pave the way to future success.
What is Not Meant by an Organized Mind
According to a CNN story, a cluttered mind is not something that can be solved by new home storage systems or personal task lists managed on a smartphone. A disorganized mind is one that fails to reach its highest level of order and maturity; it is one that has wisdom, optimism and a regard for long term results. It is also one that has challenges achieving good health and a high quality of life.
ADD Research to the Rescue
Scientists studying attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have unearthed new clues about the way the brain works when it fails to achieve its proper focus. Although recent research focused on brains affected by ADD, the general principles learned are applicable to almost everyone.
What is a Disorganized Mind?
Guidelines that define what constitutes a disorganized mind have been published by the National Institute of Aging. Many ordinary people will identify with some of the symptoms it lists:
– High stress
A person with a disorganized mind generally lacks the necessary skills to tame their minds and achieve a higher, more productive state of mind. Fortunately, there is hope for people with disorganized minds, even if they don’t have ADD.
People with too much negative stress have the power to seize control of their mind. Extra sleep, time spent meditating, and exercise can help drain the mind of stress and help people stay calm and get focused.
Stay on Target
Rather than jumping back and forth between tasks, people should order their minds to stay on target until they have completed a job before starting a new one.
Minds become disorganized when they are overloaded with conflicting essential tasks, problems and difficult decisions. Everyone should periodically take some time to slow down, take a break and focus on something relaxing before the brain gets so wound up that it never can unwind.