Time to Spring Clean Your Mind

by JANIE LOUBSER

Reading Time: 5 mins

 This month, take it easy and enjoy the simple things. Like fresh, crisp linen from  Mungo

This month, take it easy and enjoy the simple things. Like fresh, crisp linen from Mungo

 

If you are reading this, you are likely someone who values information that can help you change things about yourself and your life. With the treasure trove of information out there it’s easy, right? So, you start out feeling excited about what your Google search will reveal. But before you know it you have more tabs open than you can handle. You feel overwhelmed. Janie explains why:


 
You started out with a question you needed an answer for, yet you are left with more questions. You needed clarity and now you feel confused. You were hoping to feel empowered by the information you were about to uncover, but now you are painfully aware of how little you know. What is worse, is the anxiety that kicks in as you become aware of just how overwhelmed you feel right now.
— Janie
 

 Apart from this emotional stress, your brain has been exposed to more information than it can handle and is now also stressed. This state is popularly called ‘Information overload’ but the accurate term is ‘cognitive overload’. The reason why you can’t handle all the information is not that you are stupid; it’s a neuroscientific fact that your brain isn’t supposed to handle it. It’s ironic that so many people search the internet for information on how to make better use their minds and then end up overloading their minds as a result of the search process itself!

It’s ironic that so many people search the internet for information on how to make better use their minds and then end up overloading their minds as a result of the search process itself!

Enter, ENLIVEN. An online media and publishing company with the purpose of helping people to create lives they love, we aim to respond to this all-too-common dilemma. One of the reasons Janie founded the company, was so that she could help many more people than she could through her practice in Cape Town. Thanks to the miracle of the digital age we live in today, we now have virtually limitless freedom to help ourselves and each other. Anyone with an internet connection and a connected device can share or search for virtually anything they want. But with this freedom also comes with a great responsibility. At ENLIVEN, we believe that the quality of the learning experience, should be as important and helpful as the knowledge being shared.

The internet’s potential is as unlimited as yours! See it as preparation before you start to tackle the areas in your life that you want to change.

So, whether you’re creating, sharing or consuming information—it needs to be done in a way that respects your mind’s functionality—so that it can do its work! To this end, the team at ENLIVEN endeavours to create and share content that is truthful, beautiful, mindful and useful. These qualities combined create an experience that feels simple and inspires our readers to take action. After all, you can only make better choices if you take better care of your mind.


That's why this month, we're calling for a Spring Clean... for your mind. We’re committing to give you simple and useful information about how to get the most out of your digital search for change. Look out for our upcoming posts on Instagram or Facebook as we tackle this topic together. The internet’s potential is as unlimited as yours! See it as preparation before you start to tackle the areas in your life that you want to change.


So the big question: What can you do navigate the digital maze? Here's our suggestion: Instead of being the victims of information being thrown at you, take control and choose what you want to pay attention to. And once you have decided what you want to read or listen to, enjoy it. A mind at its best feels at ease and can learn and remember more effectively.

 

Our top 4 tips for avoiding online overwhelm:

  1. Decide on your topic, defining it clearly along with your search goals before starting your search.

  2. The moment you find a resource you like, stick with and work through it before moving on to the next one

  3. When working through the material, ask yourself what the central message is you connect with. Write it down.

  4. Lastly, what action is this material inspiring you to take? Write that down too and take the first step.