How To Reclaim Your “Mental Real Estate”

Resilience expert Anne Grady is not your typical motivational speaker.

She is a best-selling author, two-time TEDx speaker, trainer, survivor, optimist, inspirer, and truth-bomb dropper. Anne has a master’s degree in organizational communication and has spent the last 20 years working with some of the largest organizations around the globe.

She has become known as a leading expert on communication, leadership, emotional intelligence, and resilience, contributing to Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, FOX Business, and many more.

Audiences love her raw honesty, edgy humor, authenticity, and insight. Anne shares inspiring personal stories, cutting edge research-based content, and implementation tools to transfer learning into real life to improve relationships, navigate change, and triumph over adversity.

Anne checks in with CollegeHipHop.com with some tips to help you reclaim your “mental real estate.”


You wouldn’t just let someone move into your house, so why are you giving away your mental space? Here’s a checklist to determine if you need to reclaim your attention and focus.

Do you check your phone the minute you get out of bed?

You just gave someone else permission to be in charge of your brain. The first and last 30 minutes of the day is when you are most vulnerable to having your attention hijacked. The first can lead you to feeling distracted throughout the day, while the second can disrupt your sleep, setting you up for another distracted day.

Do you find yourself constantly checking social media, such as while standing in the grocery store checkout aisle?

Social media can be great if it helps you connect with others and build relationships, but not if it causes you to constantly compare yourself with others – waging mental war with yourself.

Do you feel your attention being constantly drawn away from where you want to direct it?

The only thing you can really control is where you attune your attention. When you are stressed, you are attuned to that. You can numb it by going on Facebook for an hour, but what have you accomplished?

Giving away mental real estate also happens when we ruminate about things we can’t control or wish we would have done differently. It’s basically anytime you are letting someone or something live rent free in your head, or dictate your mood or behavior.


By: Anne GradyFounder, Author, Speaker Anne Grady Group