Sunday, November 2, 2008

Is Your Life Suffering from Clutter?

Is your life being affected by clutter?

Without you realising it your life may be suffering as the result of clutter.

Clutter can have a debilitating and detrimental effect on us.

Clutter can occur in 2 forms:

1. Physical

2. Mental

Physical clutter is the more apparent of the 2 as we can see it. Be aware though that clutter occurs also in our mental space.

Let us address both of these types of clutter.

Physical clutter occurs when we let go of managing items in our physical space and as a result our physical space becomes crowded, disorganised, unruly and untidy. Typical and common areas that tend to suffer from clutter are garages, offices and bedrooms.

On the other hand, mental clutter occurs when we have too many things on our mind to focus on. The mental clutter generally occurs because we are thinking about things that we have not yet taken action on.

It is important to understand that clutter in your physical space can lead to clutter in your mental space and visa versa. For example, regularly seeing your garage in an untidy state may clutter your mind with thoughts on “I need to clean up my garage. Look at the state it is in. I can’t stand how it looks and I can never find anything.”

Mental clutter affects your physical energy. The mere thoughts of all the things that you should and need to do can take energy away from you and can lead to inactivity and feelings of lethargy.

Physical clutter also has its negative impacts such as not being able to find things when we need them, wasting time and it causes us to become less efficient and productive. These consequences can make us feel angry, frustrated, annoyed, overwhelmed, anxious etc.

Both physical and mental clutter can contribute to greater levels of stress in our lives. The clutter in our physical and mental space can also distract us from devoting and focusing time on the important things in life that make us happy.

As a Life Management & Success Coach my suggestion to people is that they take consistent action to de-clutter their physical and mental environment.

It is very difficult and inhibiting for you to achieve your goals if your life is not in order. Physical and mental clutter acts like a barrier to you moving forward and realising what you want in your life.

You will find that once you start removing the clutter from your life you will have more time and energy to focus on taking action to achieve your goals.

As you tackle areas of clutter in your life and rid yourself of them you will feel a sense of satisfaction and freedom. No longer will the clutter hold you back like a ball and chain around your ankle.

Author: Steve Decker - Life Management & Success Coach

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