This is a great exercise to try before you begin any period of rest and relaxation - such as right before you leave the office for the week or before you head to the airport for a holiday. I also tend to begin Soul Scripting workshops with this exercise because it helps people to clear out anything they might have been carrying around in their brain but they aren't going to deal with during the session, leaving them with a little more head and heart space, as well as clearly marking the writing session ahead as time for creativity.
How to de-clutter
It's quite simple really. Grab two pieces of paper. At the top of the first write 'To do list'. Yep, you're literally going to start by writing yourself a to-do list. This is arguabley the most simple of all writing exercises but its power should not be underestimated.
Begin to list anything that's taking up space in your head that you really don't want to forget but that might detract from your r&r. There is only one major guideline - try to make this a list of positive actions. Things like 'buy dinner on the way home ' and 'pick up the kids at 6pm' go on this list. Items that start with 'don't worry about...' 'try not to think about...' and the like are negative actions. Leave them off. We'll deal with them with list number two. Make your listed items as humble or as grand as you like.
The purpose of this list is to ensure that the things you can't afford to forget are committed to paper. Once they are you won't be worried about the possibility of forgetting them but they'll be recorded in hard copy so you can clear that head space. And don't try to clear the head space. The act of writing the list out by hand will accomplish that - you'll find that I actively discourage thinking of any kind during in all Soul Scripting exercises. Give your brain a rest. You need it a lot less frequently than you might think. Once the list is complete you can leave it on your kitchen table before heading to the airport, on your desk before leaving the office on a Friday, or just to one side as you begin your Soul Scripting practice, safe in the knowledge that it will be there for you when you need it. In the meantime, forget all about it's contents.
List number two is a list of anything taking up space in your head that isn't serving you. If it has no positive action attached to it but you are worried about it, get it down on this page. Let's say, for example, that you just went to an interview and you're waiting to hear whether you got the job. Try not to give yourself instructions like 'don't worry about not getting the job'. Your brain will read 'WORRY'. Instead, be candid about what you are actually feeling. Admit what is present so that you can unburden yourself. Write 'I am worried that I won't get the job. In fact I'm worried that I won't get any job and I'll lose my house'. Writing it might feel scary but, believe me, the scarier it feels on the way out the better it will feel when you destroy this list! By writing the worry you might identify a positive action attached to it, so maybe you go back to list one and add 'follow up with the new company on Monday'. The important thing is to separate the worry from the positive action. Write the action on the 'keep' list because that could serve you well. The concern is doing nothing for you, so let's get rid of it.
Once all the worries that come to mind are listed - and they might include anything from the state of your health to the state of world politics - tear that list to shreds and throw it away. You might even choose to burn it, if you can do so safely. Release your worries like the outdated baggage they are and move on to what's next.
That's just a little taster. If you're about to take a break or start a creative practice of any kind it's a nice way to begin. If you'd like to try Soul Scripting check out what I have coming up. I run regular workshops in the Northwest of England. You can also contact me to schedule private, group or corporate sessions in person or via Skype - gill @ diddid.co.uk.
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