Finding time to dig out … whether it’s from under the piles of snow we’ve been getting here in the Northeast, or from under your personal brand of clutter … it’s always time well spent!
Clutter can be very daunting … and believe me, I know! For me, it’s paper. Though much of my work is on-line, I prefer to do my reading the old fashioned way, rather than on a computer screen. Couple that with the fact that I find LOTS of things interesting, and I am sure that you can picture the piles!
Well, this New Year’s I resolved to chip away at that clutter as part of my larger goal of giving myself more expansive time and space in 2011. What originally looked like a rather overwhelming tasks has actually become enjoyable and empowering.
Is this something that you want to work on? Here are 3 tips to get you started:
* Think about it ahead of time. Before you start your de-cluttering task, think about what you will let go of … and what you will keep. Entering the task with a “letting go” mindset and having some clear parameters for yourself will mean fewer questions while you are working. That means you’ll get a lot more done in the time you’ve allotted.
* Set small goals for yourself. Working small is the surest way to experience success. This is especially important with tasks that are difficult for you. Make your goals as concrete as possible, and give yourself a clear, brief timeframe in which to work. For me that might mean spending 5 minutes getting rid of at least 10 pieces of paper. The smaller the step the more assured the success!
* Just start somewhere. While it is helpful and important to plan ahead, it is also key to “just do it.” Clutter can easily overwhelm, so a key is to focus on your specific goal rather than “the whole.”
At first, what you accomplish may be visible only to you, and that’s fine. You need to celebrate each success and validate your efforts.
And it’s in that follow-through that the promise lies! The promise is that you WILL get there! Not only will you get there, but you will find that each and every time that you follow through on your plan is significant and empowering. Each time you follow through you are building trust and confidence in yourself – something that will carry over into many, many other areas of your life.
So, you see, your de-cluttering efforts don’t “just” transform your space … this is a process that can transform your relationship with yourself!
Ready to give it a try? I suggest that you start small, think ahead, give yourself lots of validation along the way!© Copyright 2011 Paula Eder, Ph.D.