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Mental Junk

I am a notorious pack rat. I hoard everything from my notes I took in college to my trophies from peewee football. Unfortunately this carries over to my work life as well. Even in my brain there is a ton of filled up space for useless junk like sports trivia, and every line from Caddyshack.

I need the space because here at Catch Your Limit they make me think more so than I ever have. If you have been around us the last few days you would know that we are headed into six straight weeks of craziness. You can see it in everybody’s faces especially Melissa who has resigned herself to the fact that today could be her only day to get things in order for the next 45.

It is vital for me to get things in order… in addition to my spark role I have assumed concierge duties and I have to remember Tom’s travel arrangements from here to all the wonderful places he speaks or facilitates on command. Now there is just not enough room for all that info in my brain. Sure I write things down but I don’t feel comfortable unless I have something to trigger me.

The day of reckoning is upon me. Its springtime and I think its time I do a little cleaning. The physical junk will be easy but I haven’t wrapped my head around a solution for mental clutter. I have thoughts but no solutions. Any suggestions?

I wonder how much more productive companies would be if a mental cleansing system was put in place for employees. I have a feeling I’m not alone here when it comes to mental clutter. Mental clutter is not good and can give you a feeling of chaos when your thoughts are filled with stuff of the past and your own self-doubt.

One thought is to focus only on the future. By focusing only on the future I can let myself forget the fact that I didn’t get Melissa her lavaliere mic in San Diego. Oops just did… darn it! You see it’s tough.

Another thought is to ingest a whole bunch of new information by the boatload and here at CYL we have plenty, from Tom’s take on healthy organizations and their lifeblood to Scott’s wax on process modules. By taking in a whole bunch of new info it could kick out the junk.

Again these are just thoughts and I need help from somebody who has done some mental cleaning themselves. Please leave any suggestions in the comments below.

><(("> Kyle Freund

Kyle is a former ><((“> Team Member at Catch Your Limit, a management and marketing firm with offices in Tallahassee, Florida and Richmond, Virginia. To learn more, visit

Posted in Organizational Culture, Strategic Planning.


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