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Life-changing Lessons You Can Learn From Cleaning Your House

Life-changing Lessons You Can Learn From Cleaning Your House

Cleaning is a “delicate” subject for all of us – I never met a person who likes to clean the house, except for those who suffer from OCD, but that’s another story. For a regular person, cleaning is a chore which most of us postpone as much as possible. Even if you do know that a clean house has a lot of benefits for your wellness, from making you happier, more likely to exercise to giving you an eerie sense of accomplishment, cleaning remains one of the most unpleasant tasks. But when you do dive into cleaning head first, embracing the entire process, you can learn a lot of life lessons, as strange as it may sound.

1. Learn to let go

This is the most important lesson I found when I last cleaned my house: Let go! Remember how stylists say that if you have never worn a certain clothing in the past year, just let it go? Well, the same goes for decluttering the relationships in your life. As I was giving away my old skirts and never-worn pants from my last year in college, I realized I had to let go to some people in my life too. If a relationship ceases to bring you joy, just let it go. But…

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2. Do hold on to really important things

As important as it is to let go, it’s equally important to hold on to things which bring you joy and beautify your life. If your old pair of sneakers is still making you feel like you can conquer the world, keep them. Even if you don’t actually wear them outside. The same goes for people and relationships in your life: if it fills your heart with joy, keep them! Which brings me to the next point…

3. Small things are the most important

When it’s cleaning time, you can find out what really matters to you. You will be amazed to discover some small things that mean a lot to you. When you start cleaning the desk or the drawers, you will stumble upon lots of trinkets. In my case, I found how much a small piece of paper meant, when my cleaning maid wanted to throw away something that turned out to be a treasured map. A long time ago, before the poor piece of paper became stained and limp, this small map of Dublin was the only memory I had of a dear friend I met in Dublin. She used this very same map when she first arrived in the city and she then gave it so I could move around the city without getting lost. The map always reminded me of the times I spent in Dublin with my dear friend. So, instead of throwing it away, I framed it and displayed it on my desk. The lesson of the day: Sometimes small things matter the most!

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4. Everyone hides a mess

When you finally get serious about your cleaning, you will discover plenty of places you haven’t cleaned in ages. Like underneath the couch or behind the stove. Not only do these places look gross, they are also filled with germs that damage your health. Everyone has some kind of hidden mess. And that mess is not only behind the stove, it can even something that causes communication issues between you and your partner. It can be the reason you don’t speak with your parents anymore. It can be that dirty secret which lead to your divorce. It’s normal to have hidden messes in your life, but one day you need to deal with them. The sooner, the better. Just like you take soap and a brush to scrub the dirt behind the couch, take your courage and scrub all the dirt from your life, from toxic people and relationships to communication issues and whatever else you may find. Don’t judge, just scrub!

5. Never give up!

Cleaning might be hard and unpleasant, but never give up! This is probably the most important lesson you can learn from cleaning your house. There maybe times when you feel overwhelmed. No matter how hard it is, never give up on what you have started. The most important thing in life is to keep going, no matter what. Push yourself one more step ahead and you will achieve your goal.

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Happy cleaning!

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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