Marina Popzov gives some great advice here on using minimalist lifestyle techniques to clean up the mental clutter. Here's a summary of four minimalist guidelines that can help you simplify your mental processes and think more clearly. 1. Buying less = mentally consuming less. The minimalist home has less stuff in it, making it seem more spacious and easier to clean and maintain. Likewise, reducing the amount of information you process every day can free up mental space and give you more time during your day. Popzov calls a lot of the media we consume "little bugs," things that we only spend a minute or two on individually but that collectively take time away from more important or enjoyable tasks. 2. Toss the junk = Think STOP Gifts we don't like but feel guilty parting with, clothes we bought that don't look or fit right but we keep in our closets are examples of things that just make our homes feel cluttered. Guilt and negativity clutter our minds, so clear those out, too. The next time you start thinking you can't do something, or you're not good enough, tell yourself, "That's rubbish!" Recognize those thoughts for what they are--trash that needs to be tossed. 3. Only what's necessary = write and record Once you clear out the clutter, it's time to look at what's necessary, and what might be missing. Just like doing a home inventory to be sure you have what you need, use and like, your mental inventory should give you a list, too. Now is the time to write down all the good ideas, the things you want to spend time on--since you now should have the free time to do so! 4. Everyday = Everyday I thought this was one of the most interesting parts of the article. Popzov says we overestimate the impact of change over a month, but underestimate the impact of change over a year. Think about how those new daily habits can add up over a year if you spend 15 minutes a day practicing the piano, or lose half a pound a week. Viewing habits and goals that way may help us stick to them, and improve our thoughts about incremental change.