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11 Ways To Declutter Your Mind & Become A Content Connoisseur







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Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tik Tok, Emails, Snapchat, text messages, phone calls, What’s App, Voxer messages… the list goes on.

Anyone else feel overwhelmed right now with content?

A recent report published by the University of California found that the average adult consumes 34 gigabytes of content and 100,000 words of information every single day. #holyguacamole

Overwhelm doesn’t have to be your reality, you CAN become a content connoisseur. 

How many times a day do you consume content? It could be in any form — posts on Instagram, chatter on the radio, the news on the waiting room TV, do you have any idea how much information you consume a day?

Here’s another important question for you: how discerning are you about the information you consume? Are you a ‘Content Connoisseur’ — carefully curating the information and energy you allow into your headspace? Or (excuse my french) are you more of an ‘Info-tart’? 

Most people would never dream of eating donuts and fries five times a day, yet they have no hesitation putting junk into their brain five — or 105,000 — times a day. Not only is this non-stop consumption eating up your precious time and zapping your energy, it’s also cluttering up your mind and causing you to walk around with a bloated parachute inside your brain.

The solution? Stop wasting your precious time and energy on mindless unhealthy content consumption that’s causing you to feel overwhelmed and overloaded. And instead use that precious time to share your gifts with the world, launch your dream business, start your non-profit, do yoga, meditate, surprise your partner for a picnic dinner date, teach your kids how to grow their own food, etc.

There’s a level of consumption that’s healthy, inspiring and entertaining. But today the average person is going way beyond this level. No one seems to be talking about this, but I’m not afraid to stick my neck out and speak the truth: it’s time for a radical new approach. It’s time for you to become a Content Connoisseur. 

How to become a Content Connoisseur

This is a concept I invented to protect your precious headspace from an endless stream of clutter and stimulation. Becoming a Content Connoisseur is about preserving your mental bandwidth by being highly discerning about the information you consume, no matter what the form.

I’m not saying you need to abstain from content entirely, or that everything you consume needs to be “high brow”. (Sometimes an episode of Suits or Younger at the end of a long week can be the most relaxing way to spend a Friday night!) Instead, I’m simply advocating you become conscious about what crosses your eyes and ears.

Overwhelm doesn’t have to be your reality, you CAN become a content connoisseur.

Here’s how to upgrade your habits and become a Content Connoisseur:

  1. Become aware of the content you consume in any form. It’s easy to not even notice that there’s music blasting at the cafe where you’re working, or that you’re mindlessly staring at the billboard while you’re out walking the dog. Awareness is the first and most important step.
  2. Take steps to minimise mindless consumption. You only want to consume information when you choose to, not by default. So, for example, if you’ve been listening to music on the radio while driving, make sure you always switch it off before you turn the car off. That way, you’re not bombarded with noise as soon as you turn on the ignition the next time you’re driving somewhere. If you choose to switch it on, that’s fine. But you want to be conscious of the choice. Also don’t just have the TV or radio on for ‘background noise’. This is programming your subconscious mind, be mindful of what you consume. 
  3. Identify your Content Blackholes. Where are you most likely to get lost in a time-suck of content consumption? You know the feeling: it’s when you decide to “quickly” check Instagram, only to lose yourself for a whole hour. Or when you decide to watch “just one” episode of a TV show, only to find yourself a few hours (and 7 episodes) later in a full-blown TV coma. Take a moment to figure out when you’re most likely to slide down that slippery slope — What time of day is it? What location are you usually in? Are there any key triggers you can identify?
  4. I’m a massive fan of healthy boundaries so put some into place to prevent those Content Blackholes. Determine what is and isn’t okay for you, and set a boundary accordingly. For example, ‘On weeknights, I only watch 2 episodes of TV’ or ‘I only pick up my phone after my morning routine and MIT’s (Most Important Tasks) are done’. You might need to get strict with yourself here at first, but soon it will be second nature.
  5. Create white space. Way too many of us fill up every single spare moment with content consumption. It’s time to break that habit and reclaim some peace for your brain by deliberately choosing to cultivate moments of white space throughout your day. The next time you’re standing in line at the checkout, or sitting waiting for an appointment, observe how strong the urge is to check your phone. Give yourself permission to just be in those moments… you’ll be amazed at the ideas and insights that spring to mind when you’re not dowsing your brain with a firehose of information all the time.
  6. Poop in peace. Tell me truthfully: when did you last visit the loo without your phone in hand? For way too many people, the answer is, ‘I can’t remember!’. Stop filling yourself up (with information) while you’re emptying yourself out. Gift yourself those 2 (or 20!) minutes to just sit and poop in peace.
  7. Eat in peace. Do you eat and watch TV or eat and scroll social media? When you are doing anything whilst you are eating your body is not fully relaxed and therefore can not digest your food properly. Put down your phone, turn off the TV and just eat in silence or have a conversation with the people at the table with you. 
  8. Make a conscious choice about your news and media consumption. Remember it’s mostly one sided and the average person spends 2 years of their life consuming the daily news… are you comfortable with that amount? For many people, it’s important to stay up to date with the state of the world. But reading five different news websites each day, or obsessively refreshing your Twitter feed every hour for the latest updates might not be the best use of your time… only you can be the judge of this. If staying abreast of the news is important to you, I recommend putting healthy boundaries in place. For example, “I read 1 newspaper with my breakfast and that’s it.” Choose quality over quantity, and think of ways you can consolidate your consumption. One uninterrupted hour per week watching a top-notch, no biased journalist dissect the news and both sides might give you more food for thought than haphazardly scanning the headlines 3 times a day, 7 days a week. And if you find yourself getting stressed out every time you watch the news, it might be time to give yourself a break. Sometimes (most times) switching off is the best thing you can do for yourself and your mental health.
  9. Keep it lean with a monthly clean. Be a conscious curator of your social media feeds and email subscriptions. Only follow accounts and subscribe to content that’s adding real value and joy to your life. Follow accounts and subscribe to people that inspire, motivate and uplift you. I do a ‘clean up’ of my feed once a month to keep it lean, clean and uplifting.. 
  10. Gratefully unfollow. Whenever a post crosses your feed that makes you feel upset, angry, triggered, that’s not relevant to you, or that doesn’t align with your core values, unfollow. Be grateful that your intuition is letting you know that this content isn’t for you. And be gracious in your exit — no need to make a fuss; a quiet unfollow will do. This isn’t about sweeping your triggers under the carpet, this is about being discerning about the content you allow into your sphere. You get to choose what you allow in and out. 
  11. NEVER consume two streams of content at once. Watching Netflix? Fine. Own your choice, enjoy your time, and remain present. Do NOT pick up your phone and start scrolling through your Insta feed at the same time. This is just adding clutter on top of clutter and it’s NOT healthy for your brain. Instead of doing two things half-assedly, pick which one you want to do and focus your attention there.

I hope these 11 tips are useful for you.

Please add any you may have in the comments below so we can create a long list together.

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  1. Nora says:

    I 100% agree with you Melissa! I’ve been feeling so much better since I de-cluttered my mental space. I am not saying that I never eat and watch a video anymore but at least I am aware of what I am doing. 😉
    I love your content sister!

  2. Simone says:

    This was very insightful, especially 10 & 11. Thank you for sharing these perspectives. I got some ‘cleaning’ to do.

  3. Cherilyn Ball says:

    These are such great tips and ideas. In a world where so much chaotic information is thrown at us all times of day, we have to learn to become more aware of what we’re letting in and give ourselves and our minds a break!!! Great read, thank you!

  4. Kim says:

    This is so helpful Melissa! Thank you. I honestly would be fine with just shutting off completely and reading my cookbooks and books and looking at blogs that I love and people that inspire me (with music, podcasts or blog posts) when I am feeling the need. I love my downloads from your site and am going to be a better Conscious Content Connoisseur. Honestly, I love to just be quiet..have no TV on at all…light a candle and read or take a bath. My husband loves TV every night to unwind. So sometimes I sit on my laptop with him and look at things while he watches a TV show (usually most things are more violent than I like). It just puts me off-center though…but I love the idea of just finding a good happy medium/a balance in life since we do live in a modern world. If I choose to watch TV with him…I will watch it and be off my phone or laptop (which I do keep on my lap BTW!…yikes). Or…it is ok to just go in the other room and find peace. He is always ok with that of course. I sometimes wish we didn’t have all the technology because it does feel like so much ‘noise’…but in that noise I have found some very peaceful things (such as your site…meditations and music). I think it is all about getting outside and in nature and last night when we were talking I said to him “I have the sunrise and sunset on-demand’ everyday with just a 2 minute walk from our house (at the beach). It is crazy I spend all day and hours on end being on my laptop and being a ‘laptop learner’. That is what I called myself. I love to learn about health and wellness and I do work in the wellness industry as a therapist…but I do absolutely nothing outside in nature anymore. Very sad. Glad I found your site again. Thank you.

    • Hey Kim, thank you so much for your kind words, love, and support. I think it’s time to get outside as much as possible angel. Nature is the BEST medicine there is.

      And in regards to TV if he wants to watch those things let him, but I would go do something that fills you up instead like take a bath and listen to something inspiring, or go to bed earlier and read a good book. That’s what I would do angel. Try that and let me know how you feel. xx

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