With so much talk about organizing, planning, and getting clarity, this is a good time to address one of my all -time favorite hidden obstacles to these accomplishments.
Clutter, otherwise known as a collection of things just lying about. Instantly, the word brings to mind pictures of untidy rooms, miscellaneous items on the floor, and a mess!
Such outward signs scattered around our physical space remind us of things left undone. Too frequently we step over the items, push aside the pile, and make a task list for tomorrow. Then we leave the room seeking solace in a fresh, clean, airy environment. From there we are convinced that we can finally be productive. We can plan, get, organized, and find clarity to reach our goals.
That strategy works until you find yourself running away from your home, office, or both.The problem is that clutter invades our physical space regularly when we allow it to invade our mental space. I see clutter as a result of a collection of thoughts and decisions just lying about in our heads. It appears when we pile mail on the kitchen counter. Rather than trash the junk, pay the bill, or return the invitation we put it down then stack the next days mail on top of it. Then we tell ourselves we will address it later. By the end of the week the counter is a mess and our thoughts so scattered that we don't know what's in that pile. Nor do we care. It all goes in the trash. Oops, I hope there wasn't anything important in that pile. Now the counter is clean and we feel relieved. No more clutter, at least until tomorrow.
Clutter appears in our inbox or calendar when we fail to decide "yes" or "no." Do you really have enough time to attend the event, prepare the dish, or volunteer? We mark these boxes with a star and let them roll down the screen until they are out of sight. We feel better with white space, at least until the reminder comes .
We all live with a certain amount of clutter but when your everyday surroundings keep you in the coffee shop or nagging guilt makes you feel like a slacker then it's time to take action. Its time to declutter! Take a look around. What have you let pile up? Deal with it. What have you failed to respond to? Make the call or send the email. Pick it up. Put it away.
The point is take time. Stop letting mental and physical clutter hold your accomplishments hostage. Clutter will always come but every now and then you will feel it. You will know. It's time to let go. It's time to clear the air. It's time to declutter.
How do you know when it's time to declutter?
Writing to help you thrive,
Lisa Ellis Williams
Author and Speaker
I am Lisa Ellis Williams.