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My secret weapon to combat brain-clutter: The 4-D framework

By April 28, 2019October 21st, 2019No Comments
My secret weapon to combat brain-clutter: The 4-D framework

It’s the start of a brand spanking new week. You’d think after having a weekend to unwind, you’d be stepping into Monday with absolute clarity and confidence. Instead, your brain is full and foggy.

You’ve got a serious case of ‘brain-clutter’. Your thoughts are clouded by a list of all the tasks you should have done last week but didn’t get around to doing, those emails you don’t even want to open, let alone respond to, and the movements of every one of your family members are appearing and disappearing as fast as you can say ‘brain fart’.


It’s common to feel lost and powerless in the vortex of busy family life. There’s no denying it: modern life and multi-tasking go hand in hand.

In between juggling work, running a household, driving the kids all over town, and generally being the CEO of the family – it’s no wonder you don’t have time to think about self-care, let alone sit and have that cuppa, even if it’s now cold!

I’m here to tell you, “It doesn’t have to be this way!” 

What if there was a way to reduce the overwhelm and eliminate the risk of error in your busy day just by using a simple method that I’m about to give you?!

Your brain is like an email inbox, constantly receiving messages. The information input can be overwhelming! Like technology, even our amazing brains have limits. Once your brain’s ‘inbox’ is full, contents begin to bounce back to the sender or worse, get deleted before they’re even processed!

You need a way to cut the crazy chaos in your brain. The good news is, there’s a method to prioritise family routines, keep the inbox in your brain clutter-free, file important information and send the rest straight to the ‘trash’ folder. Phew! If you organise your brain first; the rest takes care of itself.


This system is for all members of the family and is ridiculously easy to implement. My friends, family and clients have told me this approach has changed the way they do ‘life’ (shucks!). I’m confident it will become your new secret weapon for keeping the family routine running like clockwork, and increasing the time you have to take care of YOU! Sounds like a no-brainer, right?!

You can also share this framework with the littlest people in your life. It’s called ‘The 4-D Framework to eliminate Brain-Clutter’. Each of the D’s stands for a step in the brain declutter process, making it manageable and memorable for young (and not so young) minds alike!.  Establishing good habits while they’re young can help limit feelings of anxiety and overwhelm as they progress through to adulthood.

Listen in closely as I reveal the tools to combat your brain-clutter!


This simple system will organise your thoughts and give you the time you need to process each event, activity or appointment as they occur…and most of all combat brain-clutter!

As a new project, appointment or event enters your ‘brain inbox’, file it immediately by choosing ONE of these four options: 

1. DO it

Priority ONE! Knock it over straight away. These are the things you can (or need) to do on the spot. Tick those babies off your list and move on.


Give it to someone else to do. Seriously. As parents, we can often take on too much!  If your partner, child or friend can handle this – take a big breath and pass it on.

3. DEFER it

Do it another day. If it doesn’t need to be done immediately, schedule it into your calendar for a future date so you can deal with it then. Simple.

4. DITCH it

Delete, dismiss or discard it. This one is self-explanatory and my favourite option of all. If it isn’t relevant, straight to ‘trash’!

Don’t want to forget this 4 D’s Brain Declutter System?


Ta-da! You’ve just equipped yourself with the tools you need to combat brain-clutter for good. By using this approach multiple times a day, you’ll always have clear brain space for the good things in life, including creativity, spontaneity and joy.

Now, where’s that cuppa? 


Jo x

P.S. I’d love to hear how you go trying the 4 D’s Framework out. Let me know in the comments below.

Jo Burgess

Jo is the creator of Life Sorted, one of the highest rated family organizers on the app stores. She’s proud to be helping thousands of families live a happier life together, by giving them a way to keep their family’s events, birthdays, to-dos, shopping lists and reminders in one place.

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