Time management tips to clear clutter? Absolutely! Time and space management are natural allies, encouraging you to focus, set boundaries, and prioritize.
Creating a calm and peaceful environment is a core value of Heart-Based Time Management. It opens you from the inside out! Of course, what clear space and time mean to you is personal. Ultimately, you know what makes you feel good, and conversely, what contributes to feelings of overwhelm and chaos.
So cultivate your self-reference by imagining how you’d like your space to look in vivid detail. In essence, you are creating important visual boundaries as you envision your area orderly and welcoming. These boundaries clarify what you need to keep and what you are ready to let go of. It makes all the difference.
And you’ll find it’s well worth the effort. Clearing out clutter can feel like receiving a gift! Like the best gifts, it requires some thoughtfulness up front.
Ask yourself these 5 questions before tackling a chaotic room. Take a deep breath, relax, and go within, allowing the answers to bubble up.
Get Clear on Your Clutter:
- How do you experience being surrounded by clutter?
- Where do you feel this discomfort in your body?
- What kind of clutter bothers you the most?
- Which clutter is most manageable?
- What areas don’t you allow to get cluttered?
Here are 5 Ways Answering These Questions Will Help You:
- Feeling your experience of clutter helps you see the toll it takes on you. This heightens incentive to decide what belongs and what you’re ready to let go of.
- Tuning in to where you experience clutter constriction in your body helps you center yourself. Developing body awareness also helps you confirm on a gut level when you’re making good decisions.
- Clutter that bothers you the most carries useful information. Emotional baggage often generates a physical counterpart. Understanding your clutter’s history helps you tackle the problem on both levels and doubles your effectiveness.
- Your most manageable clutter is a great place for you to start. You will experience success faster, gain positive reinforcement, and might even apply what you learn on an “easy” cleanup to more challenging chaos.
- The areas you keep clutter-free can teach you valuable lessons, too! Notice and validate successful systems you’ve put into place. How can you apply these maintenance skills to freshly organized spaces? This problem-solving approach keeps you focused. It’s a great morale-booster, too. If you get discouraged, visit one of your organized spaces to spark your motivation.
As you can see, the key tactic is thinking about the process ahead of time. Like an athlete envisioning a winning play, you program yourself for success.
There are 2 additional benefits to careful preparation:
- You get to enjoy the results twice – once as you envision it, and then again, when you actually follow through and accomplish your goal.
- Also, you gain practice in consciously establishing new boundaries in your space. This encourages you to set important boundaries with your time, as well. It all works together!
So what is your next step to clear clutter in your space and your time?© Copyright 2011 Paula Eder, Ph.D.