Go beyond organization – these three ways to declutter your life will have you letting out a HUGe sigh of relief.
“Organize” really is one of the original buzzwords.
Think about it. Everywhere we look we see information about organizing our work, organizing our time, organizing our relationships, and organizing our lives.
However, when one really considers it, the word “organize” leaves much to individual interpretation, does it not? To organize could mean a variety of things depending on your perception: to create overall unity, to create structure, to categorize elements, or something else.
For this reason, I myself enjoy the word “declutter” as an alternative. I like it because its definition is transparent: to declutter is to remove clutter. And what is clutter?
As business owners, we are more often than not in a dance of figuring out how to make our workflow, processes, and lives easier. And while by no means have I got it all figured out, I have discovered one thing I know for certain to be true: when I minimize the clutter in my life, things get easier, each and every time.
I hope you’ll find value in the following three ways to declutter your life, inside and out!
1) Have a Marie Kondo Weekend
Kondo’s book “The Light Changing Magic of Tidying Up” gets a lot of hype – and with good reason. Too busy to read it? Here’s the ULTRA-abridged version: Go through all of your belongings and ask yourself for each item, “Does this spark joy for me?” If it doesn’t, donate it. Only when you’ve spent a weekend going through all your stuff and finally give yourself totally permission to let go of anything you don’t love – will you know the true joy of decluttering.
2) Take Inventory of Your Life
You’re going to love this. Sit down and “take inventory” of your life by writing down each activity that takes up time: sleeping, eating, family commitments, school, client work, exercising, etc. Once you’ve got everything in there (try not to leave anything out) go through and take a look hard look at what matters to you, and what doesn’t. Is there anything in your list that’s not serving you – that could be “decluttered”? Or is there anything important to you that isn’t getting enough of your time? Remember that your time is yours and yours alone. You get to decide how it’s divvied up.
3) Surround Yourself With People Who Lift You Up
Most of us know Jim Rohn’s famous words “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” While we may not be able to have the final say on ALL the people we see in our lives due to circumstances beyond our control, there is much about the company we keep that we can decide. You deserve to spend your time with people who love and appreciate your gifts and talents. Never forget it.
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