Less is More: Declutter for High-Performance

– Posted in: Maximize Personal Productivity

It’s what the top 1% see as a practice, not a project.

With everything competing for our attention, I started a personal practice to purge my home and office this weekend.

Clutter exists because it tricks your brain into thinking everything is important.

Think of your colleagues – who’s tidy vs neat?

And what impression do you have of that person?

The top 1% know clutter influences your workflow, performance and your personal brand so they create an environment of positive stimulation.

Schedule time in your schedule to donate everything that doesn’t support your success now and get it out of your space.

Make sure that everything your eye sees brings you joy, peace or relaxation at home, and your office or desk makes you feel focused.

Simplicity is key.

If you’re known to hang on to things, then recruit a friend or family member who is brilliant at being ruthless. I recruited my Mom and a friend. Safe to say I practised my negotiation skills presenting a case of why I had to keep an item!

Tips on what NOT to do:

  1. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Instead of saying you’ll declutter the whole house/office in one shot/day/weekend, set aside 2-3 hours to tackle a section at a time.
  2. Don’t store your boxes or bags of decluttering in your space. Whether you’re getting rid of it, recycling, donating or giving to a friend, once you’ve decluttered, take it there. Straight away.
  3. Don’t think you’re done. Setup a routine to better manage things coming in and out of your space so it’s a practice, not a once off project.

Most importantly, decluttering is a powerful way of letting go of the heaviness that may be weighing you down.

Here’s an idea…

Use the last five minutes of today to clear clutter from your desk and when you get home place your mail in a container so it’s all in one space instead of having unopened and opened mail all over.

What are your decluttering do’s and don’ts?  What works for you?

Comment below with your tips, we’d love to hear.

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