Time management tips can open new potentials by helping you rid yourself of non-essentials. So use 3 wise gardeners’ tips to find time to clear the clutter from your life, be it in your To Do List, calendar, workspace or home. It’s one of the surest ways you can decrease stress while increasing your efficiency and effectiveness.
Strong images can help clarify your intention and focus your resolve. So envision your life as a lush, verdant garden. See it brimming with whatever bounty you’d love to bring into your home. Then, imagine returning to your garden after a week’s vacation. That’s all the time it takes, quite often, for weeds to take over. The battle has begun!
So it is with your day. Your time and your space are both finite. If your limited resources are expended on unnecessary tasks or objects, you will struggle to find time and room for the really important things.
But how do you open things up, once the clutter has gotten out of hand?
Use these 3 Wise Gardening Guidelines to rid yourself of clutter that chokes your potential.
To Clear Space and Time Clutter:
1. Divide the job into sections.
Surveying your current situation can be a daunting challenge, I know. But adopt the philosophy of the wise gardener. You know that you might not be able to weed your whole garden in a single afternoon. So what do you do? You divide it into sections, and clear out a piece at a time.
2. Start with the easiest challenge.
You may be inclined to throw yourself at the largest obstacle, in order to make swift progress. But you can actually progress more quickly by starting small. That’s because you build muscle, rather than strain your back, by growing strength gradually. If you have ever thrown yourself into gardening after a lengthy hiatus, you know exactly what I mean!
So, start with de-cluttering a select portion of your To Do List or calendar, omitting one or two activities you’re ready to let go of. Or try clearing a small area in your house – maybe a countertop. Once you’ve de-cluttered something, you can clearly notice the results. That, in turn, gives you a feeling of satisfaction that can help fuel your next de-cluttering effort.
3. Maintain your streamlined schedule (or cleared area) as you move forward.
Because you are working to create a new system, you succeed by making maintenance a habit! As you shift your approach to incorporate a change into your routine, you ready yourself to build on your progress.
Again, think of the garden. After you have cleared the weeds, you admire your work, tend to your plants, and maybe mulch the area to discourage new weeds from taking the place of the old. Take time to appreciate your new spaciousness. Savoring is part of the reward that encourages you to keep going. And notice how keeping up your good work uses new sets of muscles.
As you chip away at the chaos of your day and create more time and space for yourself, you will be amazed to see what emerges! That’s because clutter not only clogs your time and your space, it clogs your energy, your creativity, and your confidence, as well.
Of course, letting go of habits is hard. And clutter, in your life and in your surroundings, is nothing if not a habit! But see what approaching this issue with steadiness, curiosity, and compassion does for you. Before you know it, you’ll start seeing changes. So start small, stick with it, and reward every positive step that you make. Don’t expect magic, and magic will happen!
So, how will you start simplifying your life today?© Copyright 2010 Paula Eder, Ph.D.