In this fast paced world we live in, it is so easy to get caught up in this rat race we call life. No one knows this better than Vonda White, President of Collegiate Risk Management and Author of Success Against the Odds. We are all moving 100 miles per minute, and between work, school, kids, friends, email, Facebook, voicemails, housework, etc. it is easy –and inevitable – to become cluttered and out of control.
So how do we take the clutter out of our life? Some would say, get rid of all of your unnecessary belongings and eliminate possessions that have accumulated over the years. However, clutter comes in two forms, physical and mental clutter. Just as we need to organize our belongings, we also need to organize our life. It is important to be mindful of what clutters our life and what we can do to fix it.
Getting rid of mental clutter can be accomplished the same way as getting rid of physical clutter. You must first figure out what is important to you. Once you have accomplished that goal, you can begin to set aside the other things that are taking up your time and energy, and focus on what is important.
How do we organize our lives, and begin to unclutter ourselves?
Make a List of Priorities
Knowing what is important to you is the first step in organizing your life. Take the time to make a list of what is most important to you, in order of priority. Life will be a little neater when you gather your priorities in a list that you can physically see.
Rework your Calendar
If you have too much scheduled on your calendar, it wouldn’t hurt to unclutter your Success Planner by rescheduling things that can be done at a later date. For example, rescheduling a pedicure to free up some time for other things won’t hurt you. Don’t stress about something you can easily change?
Take a Time-Out
Time to ourselves is sometimes the thing we need to get back on track. A little breather can be very refreshing. Taking a step back and a deep breath can put some sanity back in your life when things are hectic around you.
Recognize Time Wasters
Make a list of the things that waste time in your routine. While talking on your cell phone, IM’ing with your friends, posting on Facebook or checking Facebook status’s or Tweeting are a great form of entertainment, allowing these things to take over your life can be detrimental to your calendar and wreak havoc on your state of mind. Set aside a certain time of day to get your social media fix. Remember your priorities on your list. If you are checking your Facebook while you are in a work meeting or your daughters play, you may not be focused on your priorities at hand and clutter will begin to take over your life. Set your automatic messages on your phone to alert persons IM’ing you that you will get back to them, and set aside a time of day to do so. Don’t allow time wasters to overtake your day.
At the end of the day, there are only so many hours to accomplish all of our daily tasks. Find out what is important to you and focus on your priorities. Learn to say “No” to things that clutter your schedule and see how balance and serenity will enter into the world around you.