Time Management Clutter

Clutter. It’s everywhere!

Great amounts of precious time is spent on wading through clutter. It can be frustrating. If you want to be more effective, you need to remove the clutter.

How can we clear clutter from our life? In the era of abundance in which we live it is easy to create clutter. It almost happens on it own, like weeds growing in your garden. Clutter can cost us money but it can also cost us our sanity.

Here are 3 tools to help clear clutter from your life:

1. Think small to get you moving. Organizing even small projects or areas can save a tremendous amount of time. Don’t wait to do it all at once. Waiting around for a nice five-hour block of uninterrupted time to drop in your lap is like waiting around for the perfect stress-free time to quit smoking. It ain’t gonna happen. So start small. At home, pick one corner of the house to start in and tackle a small project per week, working clockwise, until every cabinet, drawer, and closet is organized. Use the same strategy in your office using one hour per week for clean up.

2. Use your desk as a work area not a storage shed. A cluttered desk creates a cluttered mind. Keep it clean and neat. Don’t waste time rummaging through the fallout of a cluttered life just to find a stapler. What is your impression of a person with a messy desk and work area? Does it create or diminish their personal credibility? Set aside a few minutes each day to organize your desk and work area. You’ll find it easier to get things done with fewer peripheral distractions.

3. Keep a garbage can near your work area and use it.
Don’t let procrastination bury you under a mound of paper. Take action on every piece that enters your space. Deal with it, put it in an “in” basket, file it or throw it away! The majority of clutter is related to a reluctance to throw things away. Get in the habit of tossing non-essentials, or recycle it. Not only will it clean up your environment, it will make way for new and better things to enter your life.

Grab on to at least one of these habits for success to help you clear clutter from your life.

Best of success to you!

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