Decluttering Your Life
You may not be this radical, but I’m getting to the point where I’m looking around my garage at all this stuff that I’ve accumulated over the years. When I take a look around, I see stuff I haven’t used in 5 years.
I want to get rid of it.
I want to limit the amount of possessions that I have, take care of, and that occupy bandwidth in my brain.
We recently read an article in the paper that recommended getting rid of 5 things per day in an effort to de-clutter your house. What an easy way to get rid of excess around you.
Television, phone, and email are other things that I want to de-clutter from my life. I have somebody else check my email for me. It’s too time consuming. They filter, answer the questions they can, and they give me the ones they can’t answer. Now, I only have to go through a few emails a day instead of several hundred.
What if you just go offline sometimes?
During the holidays, my wife didn’t check her email for about 10 days. Now, I know some of you are thinking, “Oh my gosh! I could never do that!” Many of you have phones that get your email 24/7. We have chosen not to get email on our phone. We just don’t worry about it.
The truth is, the people in your life or business will live if you don’t respond to them within 15 minutes.
They will live if it takes you a couple days to get back to them.
Did the sky fall down when my wife “unplugged”?
Everything was fine. Yeah, she had a few late emails that she responded to, but people understood. They knew it was the holidays. She actually had taken off a few days to spend with our family. Things aren’t going to fall apart if you don’t check email every single day. In fact, just put a vacation notice on your email, problem solved.
This is a practice we will do more often.
It only takes some very simple steps to de-clutter your life. Trust me, you’ll never want to go back to a cluttered lifestyle again!
What are you going to do this week to de-clutter your life?
Copyright Stephen Beck, 2010
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