Planners: How to Eliminate Mind Clutter


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Dear Readers,

The worst kind of clutter are not the boxes piled up in your hallway waiting for the next event, or the never-ending stacks of planning timelines and production schedules on your desk. It’s the clutter in your head. Mind clutter is all of the little things that interfere with your productivity, and ultimately, the way you see yourself.

When there’s clutter in your head, and it’s not letting you perform to the best of your abilities, or you begin to feel overwhelmed when things become unmanageable, try some of these tips:

Tip #1: Don’t be afraid of failure.

No one wants to fail, but we must learn to embrace it. Learn from your mistakes and work on your flaws. Don’t waste time by ignoring it. Confront it, admit it, and move on. I know it must be hard to believe, but failure can encourage our personal growth if you allow yourself to look beyond the moment.

Tip #2: Eliminate Distractions.

No matter how much you try, distractions are inevitable. You will be distracted at work by e-mails, phone calls, meetings, co-workers, etc. However, when you meet with or talk to a client, you should always focus on the tasks at hand. Give your client your undivided attention, respect, and dedication that they expect and deserve. If you give each project your all (on an individual basis), you are more likely to succeed.

Tip #3: Believe in YOU and your expertise.

There will be times when a client, co-worker, or even the challenges that come with every day life, will make you question your abilities. Do not allow others to impact your performance. Stay true to your core. Define who you are, what you stand for, and stay on your course. Your work will speak for itself.

Tip #4: Rule of no Reciprocity.

Allow yourself the ability to give and not expect anything in return. Give and forget. Don’t keep score. If you do so, it will slow you down. Instead, surround yourself with positive and talented people that will uplift you. No expectations. Just give.

Tip #5: Your personal life needs to be in order.

It’s a must. I’m a firm believer that if your house is in order, everything else will follow suit. As the French writer Gustave Flaubert once said, “Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.”

Readers: What do you think of my tips on eliminating mind clutter? Share some of your tips, what do you do when you are overwhelmed when your responsibilities become difficult to manage?

With a happy heart,



Kathy Romero is the Director of Wedding Planning For Preston Bailey Designs. She shares her thoughts and advice on Preston’s Blog every Thursday.

(Photo Courtesy for Emily Gilbert)