Have you ever gone throughout the day feeling like you can’t quite finish a thought? ‘Squirrel brain’ is perhaps my favorite way to describe it because it really does feel like your mind is all over the place ?️
When your brain is foggy and you’re riddled with indecision, it’s hard to make choices that get you to where you want to be. Your inner monologue might feel overwhelming to the point where you can’t finish a thought, let alone anything on your to-do list.
Without a clear mindset, it’s easy to talk yourself out of things and get frustrated when you can’t focus. You’re more likely to give in to your inner critic and forget about the goals you’re working towards.
For this reason, one of my daily goals is to start and finish my day with mental clarity. With a clear mind, I feel more positive, productive, and content. In this post, I’m sharing why mental clarity is my daily goal, why it’s so important, and how you can create mental clarity in your daily life.
What Mental Clarity Means
Mental clarity means having a focused and clear state of mind. When you have mental clarity, your mind isn’t clouded with indecision, what-ifs, overwhelm or worry.
As Burak from Idea Vision Action put it, “When I have mental clarity, I appreciate my life. I see how lucky I am and I have been. The issues that keep my mind busy when I’m stressed don’t bother me that much when I have mental clarity..”
Every day, I strive for mental clarity. As someone who overthinks things, it’s easy for me to get caught up in my own thoughts. When I overthink my to-do list and agonize about what to do first, I often end up talking myself out of things.
Mental clarity feels the opposite of a foggy mind. When I’m focused, away from distractions, and free of self-doubt, I feel like I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
With a clear mind, I don’t worry about what could go wrong because those thoughts don’t have time to cross my mind. I’m ultimately able to take action more easily knowing that I’m doing things that align with my goals.
“More is lost by indecision than wrong decision.”
Why Mental Clarity Is Important
A lot of people talk about the importance of a positive mindset, but I’ve always thought that a clear mindset is the key to success. So much of our brain space gets taken up when we’re unsure of who we are and what we want. Mental clarity is the best way to bring certainty to your life.
Here are five reasons why mental clarity is so important:
1. Clarity helps you find focus and direction
If you’ve ever felt lost or directionless in life, you probably know how hard it can be to make progress on anything. When you have clarity around your goals and priorities, it’s easier to move towards what you want out of life.
2. Clarity makes it easier to get things done
When you’re clear on the reasoning behind why you’re doing something, it’s so much easier to get things done. If you’ve ever started a project only to give up halfway through, you probably weren’t clear on why you were doing it in the first place.
3. Clarity makes it easier to prioritize
When your brain is foggy and you’re riddled with indecision, it’s hard to make choices that get you to where you want to be. Mental clarity helps you to make decisions with ease instead of overthinking. It also makes it easier to organize an overwhelming to-do list and decide what to work on first.
4. Clarity helps you push through doubt
When you’re unfocused and distracted, it’s easy to start doubting yourself. Mental clarity helps you to see yourself honestly and non-judgmentally. Instead of worrying about what others think of you, a clear and focused mind won’t even entertain these thoughts.
5. Clarity helps you feel content
Have you ever felt guilty for not appreciating your life, even though your life is pretty dang good? Instead of second-guessing whether your life is good enough, mental clarity allows you to see things as they are. It gives you the awareness to appreciate the little things that often go unnoticed so you can feel more content with what is.
How do you know if you’re lacking mental clarity?
Here are 5 signs you might be lacking mental clarity:
- You constantly question yourself and what you’re doing.
- You have to ask others for their advice about everything.
- You say yes to everything because you’re not sure what to prioritize.
- You’re overwhelmed with ideas and never know which one to work on first.
- You start creative projects but fail to finish them.
How To Create Clarity Daily
If you’re craving more clarity in your life to help you feel focused, here are five ways to help you achieve it every day:
1. A solid daily routine
Routines define our daily lives, and they take the guesswork out of what to do. This could be in the form of a morning routine, evening routine, or even a weekly routine where you theme your days for different projects. For example, you could make Mondays your admin days, Tuesdays big projects days, Wednesdays client days, etc.
There are three things I’ve incorporated into my morning routine to help me get out of my head before the day starts:
- Journaling – gets my random thoughts and doubts out of my head
- Meditation – creates quiet moments away from the chatter of everything else
- Workout – gives me a chance to focus on my body instead of my thoughts
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2. Focus on your future vision
I have a page at the front of my daily notebook (I use this type from TUL) with a list of things I want to accomplish in my lifetime. These include big things like owning a condo and smaller things like meditating daily. You can create your own vision list here.
Reviewing this list every day reminds me of what I’m working towards. That way, I’m less likely to get distracted by what others are doing or compare my life to someone else’s. I know what’s important to me and what the path I want to take looks like.
3. Define your priorities to avoid distractions
Defining my life and work priorities has been a game-changer for helping me to keep a clear mind. Instead of overthinking where I should put my time and energy, I go through my priorities list to help me decide. Knowing what your top three priorities are will help you to make decisions from a place of alignment. Click here to learn how to define your top priorities if you’re unsure of what they are.
4. Plan your day the night before
One of the biggest time-sucks is trying to figure out what to do right before you need to do it. I always plan my to-do list the night before and time-block my schedule so that I know exactly what to do when I wake up.
My mind is clearer at night than when I first wake up so I’m more motivated to schedule things out. When I don’t feel like planning before bed, I remind myself to do something today that will make life easier tomorrow.
5. Take action
Action creates clarity. We try to tell ourselves that thinking about things will help us decide the best course of action, but often we won’t know what the right decision is until we’ve taken action.
Whatever you’re overthinking, make a decision and roll with it. You will learn whether you made the right decision or not, and you can course-correct if necessary.
Related post: Why searching for answers is keeping you stuck
What does mental clarity look like to you?
I hope this post has encouraged you to strive for mental clarity in your daily life. There are so many benefits to a clear and focused mind, and you can get your mind into that state when you focus on what matters every single day.
Leave a comment with your thoughts. Do you struggle with mental clarity yourself? What helps you to clear your mind?
Yes! That cheeky monkey mind!
I find daily morning meditation and bringing mindfulness to every moment, even the most average everyday moments, to be really helpful for staying clear. Thank you for your tips!
Monkey mind is a good way to describe it too! Thank you for reading and commenting, Chelsey!
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Aww thank you so much, Georgia! Sounds like we’d get along great ?
Hey! I was looking for ways to increase mental clarity when working because during quarantine it is so easy to get distracted from work! I found these tips super helpful and agree 100% with the tea thing, definitely my all-time favourite drink, although my fav kind is a relax/ night time one! I cant wait to learn more!
I’m so glad you found this helpful, Nina!
First I am so glad I subscribe to your blog. Everything you have posted thus far has been spot on subjects that has been truly helpful and a blessing. Mental Clarity is definitely something I struggle with often. And the tips you give are great and I find very helpful as well. Having a morning routine is a struggle with me in trying to find the core things I want to do everyday that would help set my day. The three morning routine you do are great. I look forward to reading more of your post.
This was so helpful, for me I use journaling to clear my mind. I write anytime I feel my mind getting clogged and it helps a lot
This is such a great list of tips. I definitely feel like I have more clarity when I follow my morning routine and plan my day the night before. I LOVE the idea of a vision list!
Mental clarity is certainly an important factor in decision making and goal setting, yet it can easily be overlooked by many people. Things that can cause mental in-clarity for me would be things that turn out badly (thanks to resilience, there are ways to bring myself/yourself to a better mind-space :D) and especially uncertainty (in the future, and decision making.
I strongly agree with your post’s suggestions on working with mental clarity, and as a daily journal-keeper of many years myself, I agree how writing down your thoughts are quite a reliever. Like I would say (maybe someone else has, I’m unsure): “Express don’t suppress.”
Thank you for your helpful blog post! Here’s to mental clarity ^^
– Teri from Daily Thinkering
Thank you for the tips, I will surely try them out. I’m a mother of two preschoolers, and trying to set up my business, I really need mental clarity more than anything now
Thank you for reading, Adedoja!