To retain our focus on goals, we have to declutter our environment (such as our room, house, office…), and sometimes even people.
Is it a common thing, when you have a mess on your desk, that you feel demotivated to start your work? When you have to dig into your bunch of clutter, and you lose your precious time doing unnecessary things… And when negative people are constantly convincing you to give up your goals, because they look unrealistic to them, or those goals make them less successful compared to you… do you feel down, and demotivated?
If yes, read these few tips how to declutter that mess in your working place or room (if you have any mess, of course 🙂 ):
– Divide your mess into portions. If you decide to clean your whole house or the whole wagon of garbage from your room in one day, you will probably avoid doing it for months. Decide to declutter portion by portion, it can be each day or each weekend.
– Create your starting zone. What you want to do is clear one area. Wherever you start, make a rule: nothing can be placed there that’s not actually in use. Everything must be put away. Once you have that clutter-free zone, keep it that way! Now, each day, slowly expand your no-clutter zone until it envelopes the whole house.
– Decide where each thing goes. In that way, you won’t (well, I hope you won’t!) throw it wherever you want, and after that lose 2 hours searching for it. So, each thing has its own place and keep it that way.
– Create a “maybe” box if you don’t know will you keep something or not. There are some pieces that you like or love, but you don’t use it. Store the box somewhere hidden, out of the way, and after six months pull it out. See if it’s anything you really needed. There is a big possibility that you’ll just dump the whole box because you never needed that stuff anyway.
– Sometimes our papers pile up high because we don’t have good places to store them. Create some simple folders with labels for your major bills and similar paperwork. Put them in one spot.
– Pull out some clothes you don’t wear. As you’re getting ready for work and going through your closet for something to wear, spend few minutes pulling out ones you haven’t worn in months (per season). And guess what… throw it away, or sell it, or give it to charity.
And the harder part, decluttering people who are doing you no good:
– Ask yourself: who you want to be surrounded with? Probably with people who you could learn something from and that would motivate you to push yourself out of your comfort zone, and grow.
– There is nothing worse than seeing someone complain day after day about their life. People don’t realize it, but negativity is contagious. Think about it, do you need that negativity in your life?
– The people in your life can either uplift you or bring you down – and it is up to you whether you still allow them to do so. Next time if emotional vampire starts sucking you up (and you don’t have the energy to lift up that person or there is no use of lifting), ask yourself are you the one who is responsible for your energy loss. If your energy falls, then both of you will be drained. Think about it, is that a right thing for both of you if you’re down?