Time management tips can mobilize you to clear clutter that slows you to a crawl. You can free up hours a week to live bigger, simply by bringing meaning and intention to your space. Here are some free ideas for organizing clutter to energize your time, offered as 3 simple steps.
To win the war on clutter, open your mind.
To develop your strategy, first pay attention to messages you give yourself about your clutter. Listen closely, because you may have developed entrenched ways of coping – or not coping – with it. Even if you don’t like it, clutter, and the delay it causes, may just feel normal to you.
1. Level with Yourself.
Ask yourself, “How do I feel about how clutter affects my time use right now? How do I cope with it?” And be very, very honest when you respond.
Do you usually rationalize that it’s not important, even if it keeps you from activities you’d love to engage in? Or do you attack yourself, remaining embarrassed and discouraged? However you coexist with clutter, it saps your effectiveness and focus, like a chronic head cold.
2. Tell Your Clutter Who’s Boss!
As you let yourself directly experience just how unwelcome clutter is in your life, you motivate yourself to take a stand. So step up, and tell your clutter and yourself that you are the boss!
To assert that you are the decision-maker now is vitally important. Why? Because on a fundamental level, clutter is an accumulation of unmade choices.
Of course, it takes time to make each choice that keeps clutter under control. Remember that although each choice takes time to make, making choices opens up both time and fresh opportunities.
That’s because thoughtful and acted upon choices build decisiveness and drive. The more fully you take responsibility to make choices, the easier it will be to either do, dispose of, or delegate whatever crosses your field of vision.
So commit to clearing a wide, clutter-free path that leads straight to fulfilling your life purpose. You do have the decision-making power in your hands. One step at a time, you can move away from clutter and use the time you save with a new level of intentionality.
3. Cultivate Inner Loyalty
To change your mindset, treat yourself as a valued ally and friend. Remember that compassion leads to patience, patience leads to persistence, and persistence leads to success. Genuinely seek to understand where your clutter comes from. Explore how it keeps you from having the time to meet significant challenges. Ask yourself if wading through clutter feels safer, but less rewarding, than taking growth-enhancing risks.
Finally… and this is of utmost importance, promise yourself that you will never, ever punish yourself for taking reasonable risks, or for becoming more decisive. Clutter often signals paralysis. If you fear that you will harshly punish yourself for a choice that doesn’t work out, you will avoid making choices. And clutter will collect again.
Chronic clutter is a habit. And letting go of habits is, of course, difficult. But by bringing steadiness, curiosity, and compassion to your efforts, you are guaranteed to free up space, time and energy to live your best life.
So start small, get back on track each time you backslide, and reward each positive step that you take. Don’t expect magic, and magic will happen!
What is your next step to free your energy and your space by taking control of your time?© Copyright 2010 Paula Eder, Ph.D.