I once read that to have an organized work life, you should never hold a piece of paper twice. The idea behind it is that instead of shuffling papers on our desks, we should make a decision about the information on the paper: Do we need it now or will we need it in the future? If yes, make a decision or file it. If no, just trash it
I think this is a great way to look at our thought-filled mental files as well.
In other words, sometimes we need to identify a repeating thought and decide if we need to deal with it or identify it as trash.
I am not saying it is easy to keep our mental files as orderly as we might like. I work on this kind of clean up every day…sometimes moment-by-moment if I’m feeling anxious. But nonetheless, it is a good idea to acknowledge a recurring thought and directly ask yourself to make a descision: Is there a reason I need to keep thinking about this? Does this thought serve a purpose? OR: This is garbage. It is time to get rid of it.
Moving a thought from the unconscious realm— just floating around constantly in our minds — to the conscious — recognizing and acknowledging it in the present— allows us to own our role as Thought Office Manager.
I’ve learned that by owning my responsibility for being my body’s Thought Office Manager by discarding the crap, new ideas have room to enter that move me forward instead of keeping me stagnation mode.
The more I organize and practice identifying my thoughts as either worth acting upon or garbage to be trashed, the better I feel.
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