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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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