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Day 14 ‘Scatty’

Top ten ways to control your scatty mind

A scatty mind is common among artists who have an endless supply of ideas sparking in their minds. Just like a train full of passengers, thoughts get off and on, but organising those thoughts once they reach their destination is the key to a scatty mind. Only after you calm the racing thoughts can you organise them into your mental library, each idea filed away, ready to be developed further in your own time.

  1. Acceptance: Realise that you will have off days, but that’s ok. Accepting that your mind will race will make it easier to organise the thoughts.

  2. Get to know yourself: Knowing what works for you will enable the right cause of action. You may find getting into a routine focuses your mind, or setting deadlines puts on some pressure.

  3. Multitask: At times, you will lose focus but to aid your mind stop multitasking and focus on one task at a time. It may take longer, but you will keep your concentration.

  4. Techniques: If your scatty mind is stopping you from working, set yourself little tasks to complete, this will help reset your focus and calm the mind.

  5. Spontaneous: Scatty minds tend to do things without thinking about the consequences. Sometimes this can work in your favour, and you can create a masterpiece, but it can also be time-consuming. Always remember why do I think this is a good idea, and how will it benefit me? If I travel to London to get new ideas, how much time will it take away from my work?

  6. Meditation: A scatty mind is a racing mind; therefore, calming it will focus those key ideas and make you more productive. Meditation doesn’t have to be sitting still and practising breathing techniques; you can try yoga or even go on a run. Anything, where you control your breathing, will help channel your thoughts.

  7. Change of scenery: Getting stressed can agitate a scatty mind, but working in another room, or going somewhere else can help reset the brain.

  8. Feed the brain: The right foods can help a scatty mind but clogging it with fatty sugary foods will muzzy up the thoughts. Instead, swap that coffee for a glass of water.

  9. Mindfulness: When the racing thoughts are making you lose focus try being in the present, and describe the senses around you, what can you see, smell and hear. Train the brain to work for you.

  10. Mentally organising: Scatty minds are disorganised but knowing this means you can find a way to organise your mind. Some people can mentally visualise a filing system and box away memories and ideas neatly to organise their thoughts. This can be difficult to do, but if your mind is racing, you can physically do this technique by organising your drawers or clothes. Physically sorting out your belongings can subconsciously sort out your mind.

A scatty mind is part of your personality, but moulding it will make it work for you, be beneficial and help you overcome any overwhelming feelings.

I am challenging myself to write a 500-word post a day for 30 days. I will choose a random word from the dictionary and to make this challenge more complicated; I will use the same word to create posts on Twitter and Instagram. I will create a haiku for twitter and post a photo on Instagram. If the word I choose is too obscure to make a post, I will choose another word.

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