Finding time to clear out clutter is not just a matter of cleaning up or reorganizing your physical space. Clutter has the potential to trip us up and slow us down in almost every area of our lives.
In this article I take a look at addressing some of the ways that procrastination can add to clutter and to feelings of overwhelm. The good news is, it doesn’t need to stay that way. Read on for some very timely tips about how you can clean up procrastination clutter … or avoid it altogether!
* If you’ve transferred one task to the next day’s list for more than three days, stop for a moment. Recognize that you are procrastinating about that task. That’s the first step – seeing what you’re doing. Procrastination can quickly fill our to do lists – leading to feelings of discouragement, confusion, and overwhelm. Where to begin?
* Make a decision. If the task you’re procrastinating about can come off your list with no consequences and no regrets, delete it. This is a quick and easy way to remove some clutter and undue pressure from your life! However, if there are consequences or you will be sorry if you don’t complete the task, then make it your first priority of the day. This breaks the cycle of procrastination and lets you remove an item from your list. Whenever you accomplish a task that you’ve been procrastinating about, you’re going to feel a significant lift in your energy – a nice added benefit of getting it done!
* It’s also important to review your to do list carefully, for any tasks you may have left off. While this may seem like the opposite of decluttering, it’s vital to make sure that you can rely on your list. Things that you have neglected to include will eat away at your energy just as surely as an overwhelming list will.
Feeling immobilized by the scope of the challenge that your to do list presents can certainly compound the procrastination problem. So here’s one more idea for you to consider:
For the next week, record the amount of time needed for each task that you complete in your day. Use this as a resource when you create your to do lists. It can clarify how many and what kinds of tasks you can realistically finish in a single day. That way, you can cull your list of impossible expectations and the clutter they create.
This leaves you with more space to focus on the positive and celebrate how much you accomplish. That, in turn, feeds your energy and enthusiasm as you move ahead.
Remember, when you start letting go of your clutter, whether it’s in your bedrooom or on your To Do List, you will find that you are energy is freed up in all sorts of ways!© Copyright 2010 Paula Eder, Ph.D.