Have you come to a place and immediately you’re not sure if you have just entered a scrap yard?
…. yes, full of old, dysfunctional cars. When you enter the garage, instead of finding a car you find unused chairs left by granny, lawn mowers that the owner has been thinking to repair over the last 5 years?
The cupboards overflowing with every kind of bowls and dishes to a point where you think you have struck luck, just discovered a warehouse for Tupperware products.
…Oops, that was not to be!
Physically cluttered environments are usually dirty, have dust and cobwebs.
I always wondered how people in such environments find space to breathe. Personally, I find it hard to breathe or become productive. Such an environment slows me down and I guess you too.
I believe that there’s a relationship between your environment and what goes on in your head. A cluttered physical environment affects your mood, slows your pace and negatively impacts productivity.
The universal dictionary and thesaurus defines clutter as “disordered mess, confusion, to litter, to put into disorder”.
So, it happens that our minds fit this description above. Our minds get cluttered in the same way as our own inboxes, failing to send out messages. We sometimes have too many ideas to a point where we don’t know where to start. A cluttered mind is a confused and disordered mind.
Nothing much does come out of it.
If you think multitasking is great, think twice. It is just another form of clutter. Recent research and my personal experience tells me that multitasking is overrated. Yes, many people can do more than one thing at the same time. The reality is that the quality of output is affected by switching between tasks at the same time.
Carrying emotional baggage is another form of clutter, cancerous for that matter. Many people are besieged with anger, resentment, jealousy and lack of forgiveness. Because of this, they can’t see the forest for the trees. Such people are unable to see beyond their emotional clutter. When presented with brilliant ideas, they are blinded by who the suggestion is coming from rather than benefits inherent in the idea.
They are caught by who is right than what is right.
I am yet to see the benefits of physical, mental or emotional clutter. None of these pay compounding interest.
Instead they are eating away your joy and holding you hostage.
It is about time to declutter, throw away your trash if you are to make any headway in your life.
Organise your physical Space: Central to decluttering is organising your physical space. My humble suggestion is that your work environment should be inviting. It should be such that you can find your documents with ease. If its at home, it might be an opportunity to contribute unused stuff to charity, or to generate cash through a garage sale. This might create a new space that can be used for better things.
Clear the mind space: Having clear goals helps with focus and decluttering your mind. I use ideas from my wealth coach and I have created more mileage from my days. I get more done by focusing certain days on specific goals and their related tasks. Before, I used to plug many, unrelated matters into one day and hoped to be effective.
Dump the emotional trash: Emotional clutter is more challenging than physical clutter. It is not like one day waking up and putting on your overalls to sort out that basement. It takes courage and commitment. It might involve forgiveness towards self and others. It might involve facing your fears and maybe dumping them onto a journal or notebook. You may need to speak to a professional to release you from your prison.
You can only move forward by emptying your trash can.
Think Big, Dream Wild & Prosper
Tex Hlalele is a life and business coach and inspirational speaker. He is the author of the book, Face The Person In The Mirror. Book coaching and speaking engagements by calling +27 64 6566174 or visit http://bit.ly/dreamsmadepossible
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