It happens to us all at some point. There’s so much going on in our lives that it can feel like we’re in a fog – not only can’t we see the wood for the trees, we can’t even see the wood.
And this is where life, and business, can become difficult. When your mind, your life and everything around you is cluttered, you can often miss golden opportunities.
But don’t panic! There are plenty of ways to clear the clutter – and I’m talking both physical and mental – giving you a clear, defined way forward.
The biggest hurdle is getting started. It can be hugely overwhelming and you might not have a clue where to start, so it’s easier not to bother. Does this sound familiar? Well, take the first step and you’ll soon be on your way.
Make some space. The first thing to do is to give yourself some breathing room by clearing your working and home space. You might not be able to do it all at once, but just set aside 15 minutes in the morning or evening until it’s done.
It’s really therapeutic and you’ll feel lighter in yourself when you have a nice clear space around you. Of course once you’ve put in the hard work you need to maintain it, otherwise you’ll be back to square one in no time.
Keep your inbox clear. If you’re an email hoarder it can be quite overwhelming when you see all those messages in your inbox. Delete non essential items regularly, and don’t subscribe to lots of things you don’t need – stick to two or three regular things at the very most. Take action straight away on urgent emails, so you’re not playing catch up the next day.
It’s a good idea to create separate folders, so things like receipts and confirmations can still be stored but not in your inbox.
Make it a rule of thumb to clear your inbox by the end of every day – yes it is possible.
Don’t be a hoarder. Clothes, shoes, books, furniture, household appliances – we buy new ones but keep the old ‘just in case’. If you haven’t used or worn it in the past year, let it go. Give it away or to a charity where it will be appreciated and used. It’s only ‘stuff’ and it clogs up the flow of energy.
Clear your mind. Many of us don’t actually live in the moment because we are either thinking of things that have happened in the past or things that are going to happen in the future. You’re missing out so much by living with this mental clutter.
Try to think of it this way; if it’s something in the past, it’s gone and is done with. And while I’m all for vision, dreaming and knowing your goals, it’s important to focus on the here and now. Make the promise to yourself today that you’re actually only going to think about what you’re doing right now.
All this takes time and practice as it’s about learning new habits and breaking old ones, but once you start making these changes you’ll start to feel liberated.