Why is everyone talking about decluttering?
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Discover 11 ways to reclaim your life, work and mental space.
Generally speaking, our environment is a reflection of what is happening in our minds. For you to successfully grow as a person and leader, you need to understand the importance of creating an environment that matches your values and will assist you in achieving your goals.
“You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you…”
~ W. Clement Stone
Have a close look at what your environment currently looks like, and what it needs to be for you to feel safe and supported so you can reach your goals.
Sometimes, less is more. A Princeton University study found that cluttered homes will wear down on your mental state, as well as negatively impact your decision making. Owning less is far more beneficial than organizing more!
Don’t simply re-organise your stuff without removing it. You can get rid of the items that:
- Don’t benefit you any more or don’t add value to your life
- Are not absolutely beautiful or meaningful
- Are damaged or incomplete, or no longer fit you
- You have not used in a very long time and have simply become ‘dust collectors’
- Remind you of someone or something that triggers negative emotions
It is vital to your happiness and success that you use your time wisely. And that means appreciating the very fact famous Bruce Lee understood a long time ago: “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”
Re-evaluate how you are spending your time and eliminate the tasks that don’t serve you on an emotional level.
“Put your energy into building what is creative, valuable and empowering. And you won’t have to constantly fight against what is destructive and draining.
~ Ralph Marston
Hans F. Hansen famously said: “People inspire you, or they drain you – pick them wisely.” It is important that you surround yourself with people that are willing to challenge and support you towards greatness. Sometimes we must realise, that some people can stay in our heart, but not our lives.
“Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, moulded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day.”
~ Orison Swett Marden
Although decluttering is an immensely powerful and liberating undertaking, such a task can sometimes feel incredibly complicated and overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be! Follow our tips and learn how to declutter the different areas in your life, get more time and reach your goals. Now over to you: what does your environment look like?
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