Jan 17, 2020
Clutter has a negative impact on
your brain. It can lead to disorganization, overwhelm, increased
stress, and even health issues. That’s why organizing your brain
and your surroundings is so important. This episode is about the
benefits of organization in your life and how it can lead to
positive outcomes such as weight loss, decreased stress, increased
productivity, and clearing the way to smash through your goals. The
benefits of an organized brain are really amazing, and I want to
help you get there.
This episode walks through a
bunch of tips and some of my favorite tools I use to keep
organized. This includes a couple of great books that can help
eliminate clutter from your physical and digital life, as well as
the tools and systems I use to manage all existing commitments
while building and scaling The Brainy Business. Tools discussed
include: Focus mode on Word, Time Timer, Gmail’s
Snooze feature, GANTT charts and how I use Trello to
get it all done in an organized and sane way.
Before diving in, I want to tell
you about a really cool article that was posted recently on
Bloomberg. It’s called Top Jobs for the Next Decade Are Behavioral
Scientist, Data Analyst. This is great news for the field, and I am
totally not surprised as so many people have been reaching out with
questions about getting degrees in behavioral economics or how they
can pursue work in the field. More people are also finding the
podcast and asking about working together. Look for an upcoming
episode with my recommendations and resources for exploring this
fascinating and growing field. If you have specific questions you
would like included, hit me up on social media.
- [01:49] If you want to be
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- [02:25] This episode is going
to cover a lot of resources and things you can consider as you work
to organize your brain. If you are already on The Brainy Business
list, you get direct links to everything related to each episode…as
well as access to the super secret subscriber page with all the
- [03:44] Bloomberg recently came
out with an article called Top Jobs for the Next Decade Are Behavioral
Scientist, Data Analyst. So awesome!
- [04:05] So many people have
been reaching out and asking questions about getting degrees in
behavioral economics or how to pursue work in behavioral
- [05:14] When your brain is
overwhelmed…which happens a lot quicker than you would think…worse
decisions are made. An example would be the chocolate cake
- [06:15] Essentially, when the
brain gets overwhelmed – even by a few extra digits – it makes
- [07:20] Your conscious brain’s
40 bits are bogged down with that big number. More things that
would normally be handled by the conscious brain are now in the
realm of the reward seeking subconscious brain.
- [07:44] Clutter also increases
stress, makes it harder to focus, increases the likelihood you will
procrastinate, costs time and money, and can keep you stuck in the
- [09:19] We are loss averse as a
species, we don’t like to get rid of things. We want them “just in
case” and the brain will make reasons for why it needs that extra
- [09:48] If the “things”
(physical, mental, emotional, digital) surrounding you aren’t well
organized and are getting out of hand it is keeping you from
reaching your goals. This is why the first step in the Brainy
Mindset Course is to work on clutter.
- [10:10] Even if you aren’t
consciously paying attention to the clutter, your brain knows it is
there and it creates distraction.
- [11:02] The reverse is that the
brain loves organization. Think about when you go on vacation or
are looking at awesomely organized spaces.
- [13:10] Americans waste 9
million hours per day collectively looking for misplaced stuff – 30
minutes per person per day on miscellaneous stuff from keys to
remotes to shoes and socks.
- [13:34] Clutter leads to
procrastination, weight gain, stress…all kinds of things keeping
you from your goals.
- [14:31] THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC
OF TIDYING UP by Marie Kondo. When people clear up the clutter in
one area of their life they make huge shifts in other areas of
- [16:08] You go throughout your
house and make a huge single pile of everything in the category.
You start with clothes – everything you own in one giant pile. Does
it spark joy?
- [19:45] INDISTRACTABLE by Nir
Eyal has great tips for eliminating digital clutter.
- [20:43] NO MORE NOTIFICATIONS -
Changing the notifications on your phone is easy and SO freeing. It
only takes a few seconds and can help you take control of your
life, living in an organized style on your own terms.
- [22:32] You can also turn off
- [25:13] The next tool I’ve
learned to love is “FOCUS MODE” from Word. If you need to write a
lot of content…like me…you spend a lot of time in word and it is
easy to get distracted. Focus blacks out everything except the
document you are working on.
- [26:27] Your brain is
pulling focus and looking at other
stuff. If you remove it from your sight, you really just…stop
thinking about it.
- [28:26] Another thing I use to
keep focused and productive is the TIME TIMER.
- [29:33] Let’s say I want to
commit to writing, instead of saying “I am going to sit and
write…no distractions this time!” I say, I am going to write for 20
minutes. And set the timer…that feels easier to focus.
- [32:35] The SNOOZE function for
Gmail. I don’t know if other email clients have this…but if they do
you should absolutely use it if you can. The Snooze function allows
me to determine when I want to tackle an item, and move it so it is
out of my inbox and will only come back in at the set
- [35:20] If you’ve snoozed
something more than twice, ask yourself, “Why am I not doing this?
Does it really matter?”
- [36:06] A GANTT CHART is
essentially a visual tracking system that lets you sort through
your tasks and see what is upcoming. A GANTT chart is helpful
because it allows you to see what is coming up and where you might
- [38:10] Narrowing your goals,
removing the clutter around them and then aligning your to dos with
something like a GANTT chart can really help you. Splitting the big
goal into its smallest components is one of the most critical
- [39:10] The BE Thoughtful
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- [39:20] Trello is awesome and
it has totally changed the way I approach my days, my life, my
clutter and my business. Take heed: there is a LOT of effort up
front effort required to set it up properly so it does everything
you want it to. It's very customizable, which is great, but it
could quickly become a time suck if you aren’t ready for
- [40:44] Remembering all the
junk you have to do for routine tasks is keeping you stuck. Trello
can help turn that into a process that reminds you of the next step
so you don’t have to.
- [45:45] For those of you
already signed up for the Brainy Mindset Course – I’ll be walking
you through my boards and can create templates and things for you
that are shared. It’s so valuable.
The Brainy Mindset Course
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