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6 Quick Things You Can Do Right Now to Declutter Your Life

6 Quick Things You Can Do Right Now to Declutter Your Life

Is it possible to declutter your life right now?

Absolutely.

We all live in chaos to some extent, and a little order, a little peace, clarity and cleanness can never hurt.

It is possible to have that in your life right now. I can’t promise you that the clutter will be gone, or even that it will be reduced for a long time. But I know that there are small actions we can take today that will make a big difference in our tomorrow.

And if we make it a habit to always look for chances to declutter, to free ourselves from stuff, people and thoughts we don’t really need, we can have a pretty peaceful life with days filled with more joy and less or no stress.

Here are the 6 things you can do today to have a better tomorrow:

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1. Throw away stuff

I know many people who keep old possessions they haven’t used for years, who have sentimental objects that just take space and not only need to be cleaned and fixed every now and then but also make them upset and become a burden.

Such people live in denial. They’re too attached to their belongings and that makes them weak. The only option to have more freedom in your life in such case is to throw things you don’t use or need away. Give them to charity or to friends if you can. But just get rid of them.

Remember that they take up space in your house, but also in your mind and soul. So don’t let them complicate your life. Simplify it by removing them from your home and thus create more space for something new and better.

2. Leave unfinished projects behind

It’s in our nature nowadays to want it all. To want more of everything, to get things done faster, and to start new projects before we’ve completed the previous ones.

It’s the same with daily tasks. We want to cross as many as we can off the to-do list, and the result is that we haven’t done anything properly and still don’t feel accomplished at the end of the day.

Taking up many projects, knowing that we don’t have the time and energy to give our best and focus on each, is what makes us unproductive and unorganized.

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Clutter comes into our life, stays there, and we get overburdened with new tasks. We feel overwhelmed and stressed.

What to do?

Learn how to focus on 1-3 big things a day. And most importantly, focus on one activity at a time. Only this way can you do your best and see results.

Also, learn to eliminate things that are meaningless, not urgent or have nothing to do with your life goals.

Many of the projects we take up are like that. We either do them for someone else or just think they must be done. When, in fact, our life won’t change in any way even if we leave them unfinished.

3. Declutter your room

It all starts there.

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If you wake up and see a pile of clothes next to you and tens of notes and folders on your desk, then you start the day in a bad mood and nothing seems to be able to make it better.

But it takes just one day – a few hours actually – to put everything back in its place. And to learn to keep it like that. Then you’ll feel a lot better, find things easier at home and be more organized.

4. Eliminate toxic people

Some people in your surroundings are toxic. You may not have realized it, but they are too negative, discourage you, treat you badly, require too much attention, and don’t support you in your endeavors.

Well, these are the types of people you shouldn’t spend time with.  Make your circle smaller, `your vision and peace of mind will get bigger.

5. Reduce your desires

It’s often chaos in our heads too. We think about so much stuff all the time. And, which is worse, we want many things at once.

Our life goals are way too many. And the short-term ones are even more. Which makes it impossible for us to actually do something about them and move forward. That’s because at any moment we want to achieve more in so many areas in life, that we end up getting nothing done.

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Also, the mind needs to be focused on 1-3 things. So prioritize and work only on what matters and will give you the results you want.

6. Have routines

Life is way easier if you have a fixed time for waking up, have planned out your first hour of the day (which is your morning ritual), know what to do first when you go to work (or to your home office), and basically when you have set hours for everything.

It doesn’t mean you need to be punctual and do everything on autopilot all day. It just means that you won’t need to think too much about it and waste energy in planning your whole day over and over.

You can also decide what to eat for breakfast every day, what to do before you go to sleep, when to check email and when to be active on social media. Things like that matter a lot as usually, we spend too much time trying to think of the best option for the current situation.

In fact, what we need is routines. They also help us find balance and discipline in our day.

Conclusion

So these are the 6 quick things you can do right now that will help you declutter your life. Try them out for yourself to see that they work wonders.

Over time, turn all these into habits. As a result, you’ll feel so much better, will start the day with positive energy and ready to do your best, will be disciplined and have more willpower. That’s how the clutter eventually goes away. And then makes room in your mind, home and life for freedom, joy, rest, better people and optimism.

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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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