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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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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

Becoming Self-Taught (The How-To Guide)

Becoming Self-Taught (The How-To Guide)

Most of the skills I use to make a living are skills I’ve learned on my own: Web design, desktop publishing, marketing, personal productivity skills, even teaching! And most of what I know about science, politics, computers, art, guitar-playing, world history, writing, and a dozen other topics, I’ve picked up outside of any formal education.

This is not to toot my own horn at all; if you stop to think about it, much of what you know how to do you’ve picked up on your own. But we rarely think about the process of becoming self-taught. This is too bad, because often, we shy away from things we don’t know how to do without stopping to think about how we might learn it — in many cases, fairly easily.

The way you approach the world around you dictates to a great degree whether you will find learning something new easy or hard.

The Keys to Learning Anything Easily

Learning comes easily to people who have developed:

Curiosity

Being curious means you look forward to learning new things and are troubled by gaps in your understanding of the world. New words and ideas are received as challenges and the work of understanding them is embraced.

People who lack curiosity see learning new things as a chore — or worse, as beyond their capacities.

Patience

Depending on the complexity of a topic, learning something new can take a long time. And it’s bound to be frustrating as you grapple with new terminologies, new models, and apparently irrelevant information.

When you are learning something by yourself, there is nobody to control the flow of information, to make sure you move from basic knowledge to intermediate and finally advanced concepts.

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Patience with your topic, and more importantly with yourself is crucial — there’s no field of knowledge that someone in the world hasn’t managed to learn, starting from exactly where you are.

A Feeling for Connectedness

This is the hardest talent to cultivate, and is where most people flounder when approaching a new topic.

A new body of knowledge is always easiest to learn if you can figure out the way it connects to what you already know. For years, I struggled with calculus in college until one day, my chemistry professor demonstrated how to do half-life calculations using integrals. From then on, calculus came much easier, because I had made a connection between a concept I understood well (the chemistry of half-lifes) and a field I had always struggled in (higher maths).

The more you look for and pay attention to the connections between different fields, the more readily your mind will be able to latch onto new concepts.

How to Self-Taught Effectively

With a learning attitude in place, working your way into a new topic is simply a matter of research, practice, networking, and scheduling:

1. Research

Of course, the most important step in learning something new is actually finding out stuff about it. I tend to go through three distinct phases when I’m teaching myself a new topic:

Learning the Basics

Start as all things start today: Google it! Somehow people managed to learn before Google ( I learned HTML when Altavista was the best we got!) but nowadays a well-formed search on Google will get you a wealth of information on any topic in seconds.

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Surfing Wikipedia articles is a great way to get a basic grounding in a new field, too — and usually the Wikipedia entry for your search term will be on the first page of your Google search.

What I look for is basic information and then the work of experts — blogs by researchers in a field, forums about a topic, organizational websites, magazines. I subscribe to a bunch of RSS feeds to keep up with new material as it’s posted, I print out articles to read in-depth later, and I look for the names of top authors or top books in the field.

Hitting the Books

Once I have a good outline of a field of knowledge, I hit the library. I look up the key names and titles I came across online, and then scan the shelves around those titles for other books that look interesting.

Then, I go to the children’s section of the library and look up the same call numbers — a good overview for teens is probably going to be clearer, more concise, and more geared towards learning than many adult books.

Long-Term Reference

While I’m reading my stack of books from the library, I start keeping my eyes out for books I will want to give a permanent place on my shelves. I check online and brick-and-mortar bookstores, but also search thrift stores, used bookstores, library book sales, garage sales, wherever I happen to find myself in the presence of books.

My goal is a collection of reference manuals and top books that I will come back to either to answer thorny questions or to refresh my knowledge as I put new skills into practice. And to do this cheaply and quickly.

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2. Practice

Putting new knowledges into practice helps us develop better understandings now and remember more later. Although a lot of books offer exercises and self-tests, I prefer to jump right in and build something: a website, an essay, a desk, whatever.

A great way to put any new body of knowledge into action is to start a blog on it — put it out there for the world to see and comment on.

Just don’t lock your learning up in your head where nobody ever sees how much you know about something, and you never see how much you still don’t know.

Check out this guide for useful techniques to help you practice efficiently: The Beginner’s Guide to Deliberate Practice

3. Network

One of the most powerful sources of knowledge and understanding in my life have been the social networks I have become embedded in over the years — the websites I write on, the LISTSERV I belong to, the people I talk with and present alongside at conferences, my colleagues in the department where I studied and the department where I now teach, and so on.

These networks are crucial to extending my knowledge in areas I am already involved, and for referring me to contacts in areas where I have no prior experience. Joining an email list, emailing someone working in the field, asking colleagues for recommendations, all are useful ways of getting a foothold in a new field.

Networking also allows you to test your newly-acquired knowledge against others’ understandings, giving you a chance to grow and further develop.

Here find out How to Network So You’ll Get Way Ahead in Your Professional Life.

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4. Schedule

For anything more complex than a simple overview, it pays to schedule time to commit to learning. Having the books on the shelf, the top websites bookmarked, and a string of contacts does no good if you don’t give yourself time to focus on reading, digesting, and implementing your knowledge.

Give yourself a deadline, even if there is no externally imposed time limit, and work out a schedule to reach that deadline.

Final Thoughts

In a sense, even formal education is a form of self-guided learning — in the end, a teacher can only suggest and encourage a path to learning, at best cutting out some of the work of finding reliable sources to learn from.

If you’re already working, or have a range of interests beside the purely academic, formal instruction may be too inconvenient or too expensive to undertake. That doesn’t mean you have to set aside the possibility of learning, though; history is full of self-taught successes.

At its best, even a formal education is meant to prepare you for a life of self-guided learning; with the power of the Internet and the mass media at our disposal, there’s really no reason not to follow your muse wherever it may lead.

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