Mental clarity is a state in which your mind is fully active and engaged. We need mental clarity in order to work through problems and stay productive throughout the day.
Sharp memory recall, quick thinking, and unclouded judgment are all part of mental clarity.
Everyone goes through ups and downs that cause different states of cognitive performance throughout our lives. If we could choose to be mentally sharp every day of the week, we probably would. But it’s not that simple. Sometimes our mental fitness suffers, and we feel stuck in a slump
Mental clarity is not necessarily our default state. Most of the time, we allow our worries and different types of stress to affect our brain function and prevent our minds from performing at an optimal level.
Learning how to improve mental clarity without burning out or becoming overwhelmed is key to maintaining a productive and engaged lifestyle.
Would you like to start each day with a clear focus on what you want to accomplish? Would you like to know that what you accomplish today will be accomplishments that meet your needs, desires, and life goals? If we are honest, I am sure we would all like to be in that state where we have mental clarity.
Unfortunately, whether we are conscious of it or not, we tend to allow the increasingly busy world in. This creates a tremendous distraction that pulls us away from being focused on what we want. We allow negative news and social media to make us angry, depressed, and upset, and those emotions cause us to become indecisive and lack focus.
We allow ourselves to live in the past—where mistakes we made and injustices towards us cause us to feel angry and overwhelmed. All these distractions, external events we have no control over, and past negative life experiences cloud our mental focus. It pushes us towards focusing on negatives that disrupt our mental clarity and the fantastic future we all could have if we only focus on what we want to accomplish, the steps we need to take to achieve them, and the life we want for ourselves.
To help you gain some mental clarity and know what you want out of each day, here are 5 simple strategies that will lead you in the right direction.
5 strategies to achieve mental clarity
1. Plan Your Day the Night Before.
When you plan the day the night before, you begin the day knowing what you want to accomplish. Most people never think about what they want to accomplish. Instead, they allow events to dictate what they do. Events rarely work in your favour as they are often the crises of others, and you end up working on other people’s plans and doing nothing for your goals.
If you know what you want to accomplish before you start the day, you are much clearer on what you want and are likely to make sure it happens.
2. Look at the Big Picture.
Another way you can achieve mental clarity is by looking at the big picture. Too often we get caught up in trivialities and lose sight of the big picture of what and why we are doing something. Have you ever felt like you were just ticking boxes? That’s what happens when we get caught up in the process and lose sight of the reasons why we are doing something.
When you remind yourself of what you want and why you are doing it, you remain much clearer on what and why you are doing something.
3. Be Clear About Your Outcomes.
Too often, a process is set out before a project starts and nobody ever pauses to ask if what you are doing every day is moving you in the right direction. It’s often a case of “shut up, we’re making progress.” Yet, if that progress is taking you further and further away from what you are trying to accomplish, it will just be wasted effort.
Review your outcomes frequently. For example, if you want to lose weight, the process is simple—eat less, move more. But if you are eating less and moving more and your weight is not going down, you need to review your outcome and decide what needs to change to achieve the result you want.
4. Have a Healthy Morning Routine.
One of the most potent ways to bring greater mental clarity into your life is to practice a consistent positive morning routine that focuses you on your day. This does not need to be complicated—just a few minutes of stretching while drinking your morning lemon water or perhaps ten minutes of meditation or journaling and a few minutes reviewing your plan for the day.
If you can allow yourself thirty minutes each morning to spend on yourself, practice some self-care and reflection, you will realize that clarity comes to you rather than you having to seek clarity.
5. Get Rid of the Toxic People in Your Life.
Finally, remove the toxic people from your life. You do not need them. Toxic people fill your world with negativity, confusion, and emotions that do not help you gain clarity about your life. Instead, they fill your life with doubt and confusion, and none of these will help you gain greater mental clarity.