Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking By S.J. Scott, Barrie Davenport

I grabbed this book for free through Kindle Unlimited, as I was interested in finding some literature on reducing stress, worrying, and anxiety. It came up in my kindle feed and the premise was interesting. While this book delivers on all those counts, I was not overly impressed.

The book feels more like an infomercial for the authors’ careers, websites, blogs, and other books than a self-help guide or management book. There were no new or original ideas if you’ve read a few books already, you will be disappointed with this one and the regurgitated stuff you already know isn’t enough to keep your attention.
If this is your very first book about this theme, from defining core values to setting SMART goals, then it is probably a good introduction. The authors do a good job of describing the things they didn’t invent, which I guess is a good thing. The writing is clear and concise, which is another positive.

The book starts with giving us four causes of mental clutter as follows;
• Daily Stress
• The Paradox of Choice-Why Jobs and Zuckerberg wore/wear the same clothes every day.
• Too Much “Stuff”
• The Negativity Bias-We are hardwired to react more to negativity in our environment.

Next, the book has four parts on how to declutter various aspects of our lives.

Part I is on decluttering our mind. We learn about focused deep breathing, meditation, reframing negative thoughts, and techniques to trick our “monkey brains.”

Part II is about decluttering life obligations. Here we learn to identify our core values, clarify our priorities, work with S.M.A.R.T. goals, and connect with our higher purpose.

Part III identifies ways to declutter our relationships. There are tips on being more mindful with the people we care about most. We also learn the importance of removing the toxic folks from our lives.

Part IV is on decluttering our surroundings. Here we learn about simplifying our home, digital world, activities, distractions that lead us to procrastination, and our actions.

This book claims that it will help you “declutter your mind”. Only problem is that it begins to heap one thing after another on to you that it honestly left me more anxious than I was when I started reading. They go through each suggestion or technique at such a brisk pace also. Some you’ll see the value of, others you’ll just kind of go, “Uh, how does this help”.

In all honesty, this is a book designed to make you more productive, not so much less anxious. If productivity is something you’re interested in, I think writers like Jon Acuff and Tim Challies do a much better job while also being more approachable than this book is.

It’s okay, I guess. I just think there are better books out there
My rating : 2/5

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