“One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore!’
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Are you feeling stuck? Is there are a lot on your list, but you are not getting to some the items? Are you feeling unproductive or overwhelmed? Is it time to take inventory of all your ‘to dos’?
Take a quick inventory now. On a piece of paper (or do this electronically) create three columns: like, dislike and neutral. Then thinking about a typical week or even your last week, list all the activities or tasks under one of the three categories. Now for items listed under dislike ask yourself: “Is this a must do item?” If the answer is yes, then determine how you can make a change so it more satisfying or agreeable.
Here are some ideas:
An inventory of your tasks (especially if you are stuck or overwhelmed) can help improve mood and productivity.
April seems to be the month that I not only look to purge paper files but also electronic files as well.
One of the biggest electronic clutter culprits is our email and specifically our inbox. But that doesn’t have to continue. You can declutter your email inbox and manage your emails by using some easy tips and techniques.
I am tackling my email jail. Won’t you join me?
Paper is a clutter monster.
It is one of the hardest items to deal with when decluttering. Think about it…one paper pile could need up to 100+ decision to be made. And if you do make progress it could be hard to tell. While other items that are bigger can lead to obvious space clearing with fewer decisions.
So, with the annual tax deadline behind us for 2019, I thought I would encourage you to finish your process by filing away tax records and suggesting that you spend some project time on clearing out your archived papers.
To help you with that project you need to decide what records need to be kept and for how long. In order to get rid of paper clutter you do need to purge your papers. Focus on keeping records and not references. Note that you should always consult your accountant and/or attorney especially if you own a business and I am not endorsing any of the resources provided (well maybe the IRS guidelines).
Join me in tackling that paper monster?
I was contemplating the start of Lent on March 6 and thinking about what I would be focusing on during those 40 days in 2019.
During the six weeks of self-examination and reflection, Christians who observe Lent typically make a commitment to fast, or to give up something—a habit, such as smoking, watching TV, swearing, or a food or drink, such as sweets, chocolate, or coffee.
What if I we used the 40 days of Lent to assist us in letting go of clutter? That would help us give up things that no longer serve us, keep us stuck or It could be one item each day, one bag each day/week or decluttering an area at a time. Or you could commit to daily journaling on the topic of decluttering your life. If declutter is difficult for you, this could help you get started on that journey.
I am committing to declutter during those 40 days by letting go of one item cluttering my life (space, mind or body) each day.
Will you join me in this decluttering journey? What do you commit to declutter during your 40 days?