Welcome to my Friday Tip. I have literally just gotten back from seven days camping with my family. It has made me really, really conscious of clutter.
Today, I want to share with you my commitment to clutter CONTROL.
As I said, I just got back from camping. Seven days away at my parents farm with good friends and, altogether, seven children, four of which are mine. I came home today, rain coming in and I started to clean up and the wash and getting through all the dirt and the grump from camping.
I sat down at my office at home to do a little bit of work and I realized, when I was stopped dead in my tracks, I was literally unable to focus on my inbox, let alone a creative piece to write for everybody.
I realized that I was slapped in the face by the impact of clutter.
There’s some great evidence around (and it’s not new evidence at all) about the impact of visual clutter on our mental health.
- The fact that it can cause brain fog
- The fact that it can lead to procrastination
- The fact that it can lead to great distraction when you’re in your working environment or any other environment.
- The fact that it means that you can be very readily taken away from what it is that you are wanting to focus on or wanting to achieve.
Today, I want to talk to you guys about the commitment of controlling clutter or commitment to controlling clutter. It is part of our everyday life.
As I said, I have four kids and clutter is a word that is in my vocabulary and clutter is a thing that is in my house and my home and my workplace every single day.
Whether it’s school notes that are coming home that end up into my home office, whether it’s bills or junk mail that ends up in my work office, whether it’s forms that are piling up that are important, but are clutter.
Just because something is clutter, it doesn’t mean that it’s not important.
I often call to our admin staff at work and say, “What’s all this clutter on my desk?” I will get the response that it’s all those forms that you need to be signing, Naomi and getting back to us for your staff.
Much of the stuff that comes into our life on an everyday basis, it is important, but it also can become clutter if we don’t deal with it right.
We’re in this kind of pull. There’s this tension constantly in our environments that a lot of the time we need these things around us.
- We need to complete the paperwork.
- We need to pay the bills.
- We need to have groceries in the house.
- We need to do all these sorts of things, but sometimes if they’re not managed well they can be clutter.
I want to give you guys a couple of strategies that I use to make sure that whenever I get time and whenever I put time into sitting down at my desk.
Wherever it is, I make sure every single day that I am employ a couple of strategies that will set me up for success to keep focused, to keep efficient and to keep on top of all those things that we need to be doing.
Let’s face it, even when we love our jobs, even when we get to be in a truly entrepreneurial creative space, you still want to make sure that the time you’re working and loving is efficient, creative and productive.
#1 – Take 2 Minutes
Before I sit down and do any work whatsoever, I will spend two minutes making sure that the space I’m about to sit down in is free from any great amount of clutter.
That’s my first strategy and I do that every single day. It’s only two minutes out of your day — 120 seconds. It makes the biggest, biggest difference.
#2 – The 5 Minute Rule
Whenever I pack up before I leave the office or wherever I may be working, I set the timer and I spend five focused minutes on a higher level of decluttering or organizing.
In that five minutes, you’ll be absolutely gob smacked at what you can achieve. I’m actually going to bring you a pile more tips, cues and strategies on managing clutter, remaining organized and, hence, being in a healthy, wealthy and beautiful space over the next coming weeks.
But, for today, the main thing I want to leave you with is, when you sit down at your desk, I want you to put on the timer and spend 120 seconds, two minutes, just creating a less cluttered and more creative space for you to thrive and grow in.
That’s it for me today, guys. That’s my Friday Tip.
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Thanks for listening, guys, and I’ll see you next week.