Clear Clutter from your Mind and Work Space – Step 16 of 21 Days of Focus
Why decluttering your mind and work space will help you focus. Perhaps clutter is not an issue for you. If so, congratulations! But I would venture to guess that almost everyone deals with physical clutter and mind clutter to some degree.
For me, I had both issues to deal with. While I would never consider myself to be a slob, I haven’t been a neat knick either. When it came to my desk, I always struggled with piles of paper. My filing system was all in my head. I knew exactly where each piece of paper was, unfortunately, it was all on top of my desk!
While I wanted to have less clutter on my desk, I was too busy to do anything about it. Frankly, I didn’t think about it until a sales person came into my office one day and exclaimed, “Oh, Jackie!” My first reaction was, “What? What happened? Did you lose the sale? Did a client cancel?” She said, “No, look at your desk.” Oh! Well, I became more conscious that day!
I actually worked with a Feng Shui consultant, Samantha Shields, when I quit working in the corporate world to work out of my home. Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement that brings clarity, energy and success to your personal and professional life. It shows how to create good Chi, or energy. Clutter blocks the flow of energy. Everything has energy.
If you don’t have a place for everything, create one. I love colored file folders, so I’ll make it a point to file away the most important papers like copies of tax forms, receipts and other paper. I know that some folks scan all of their documents and file them on their computers. It’s important to find a system that works for you.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, the bad energy can affect your psyche even out of sight. Cluttered closets and cabinets will have a negative energy affect. Make it a point to organize your closets, book shelves and cabinets. There are lots of organizational items to help like shelving, containers, etc. that you can use to have a place for everything.
Make it a habit to clear off your desk each night. It will make a difference in how you feel and how you start your next day.
Our minds are just like our computers, sometimes we have to clear up some space! It’s been stated that we have upwards of 60,000 thoughts a day. A lot of those thoughts are the same ones. In addition to that, we are exposed to 5,000 advertising messages a day.
Americans feed their minds with non-stop news and information from television, the Internet, smart phones, tablets and readers. It’s not enough to just watch a local news program anymore. There is now an endless loop of the breaking news happening on the bottom of the screen. Emails buzz sometimes 24/7 on Blackberries and I-Phones.
Fortunately, there is a program to clear up mind space. It’s called meditation. Meditation starts with being still and quiet. By meditating for just ten to twenty minutes a day, you can literally clear your mind from cluttered thoughts. You’ll also relieve stress. That benefit alone eliminates a host of potential problems. Other benefits include becoming more tolerant, less judgmental and clearer in your thinking.
When talking about meditation it’s usually referred to as practicing meditation. There’s a reason for that – it takes practice! Clearing the thoughts and demands placed on us is extremely hard; however, the rewards are worth it.
Focus becomes easier when your mind is clear.
That brings us to Step 17 – Feed Your Mind with Good Food – Books and Programming
Step 1 – You Have to Have a Plan
Step 4 – Focus on Your Strengths
Step 5 – Meditate or Think on your Plan
Step 6 – Get rid of Distractions
Step 8 – Lock Out Doubts and Fears
Step 9 – Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
Step 10 – Listen to what Expands You
Step 11- How to Deal with Overwhelm
Step 13 – Where do You Spend Your Time
Step 14 – Balance Life and Work
Step 15 – Review and Track Your Progress
Step 16 – Clear Clutter from your Mind and Work Space
Until next time…. Stay focused!