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Want to Organize Your Messy Life? Take Up This 30-Day Challenge

Want to Organize Your Messy Life? Take Up This 30-Day Challenge

Becoming a minimalist takes dedication. Simplifying your life isn’t easy and requires careful thought and consideration. What can you live without?

Where do you even begin? Here are several challenges you can commit to for 30 days to get you on your way to becoming a minimalist.

Day 1: Define what minimalism means to you[1]

Does it mean carrying a 0 balance on your credit cards? Living without cable TV or WiFi? Have one less car or now cars? Does it involve giving your most prized possessions away to charity in order to lead a simpler life free of clutter?

Day 2: Figure out the areas in your life you can simplify

Start with your bedroom for example. Do you have too many blankets, pillows, and clothes lying around? Start by clearing this area of your home. Perhaps limit the decor and comforters. Buy a simple yet comfortable mattress[2]that really doesn’t need a lot of added items like mattress toppers.

Day 3: Declutter common areas

Your living room, kitchen, garage, and bathrooms.

Day 4: Declutter social media

Do you have so many contacts on your iPhone that you don’t even know where half of them came from? It’s time to minimize your contacts. This goes for emails, friend lists, and social networks. What can you do without here?

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Day 5: Downsize your living space

With all the new room, you might consider downsizing to a smaller house or apartment.

Day 6: Limit your subscriptions

Think of all that you’re subscribed to. Can you do without these or limit them? You’re minimizing this area of your life while saving.

Day 7: Get rid of clothes you haven’t worn in two years

If you haven’t worn it in the past two years, do you really want it?

Day 8: If you carry a purse or backpack, clean it out

We know that old squished Snikers bar and old receipts aren’t doing you any good.

Day 9: Evaluate your grocery shopping habits

If it’s been sitting at the back of your fridge for over a month, chances are you didn’t really need it in the first place.

Day 10: Limit the hours you’re connected to your digital device

You may be surprised of all the creativity that comes with ditching your device.

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Day 11: Give your books away after you’ve read them

This is a quick way to prevent clutter and do a friend a favor.

Day 12: Minimize events on your calendar

Find a healthy balance.

Day 13: Clean out your makeup drawer

It’s probably unsanitary to keep makeup longer than three months anyway.

Day 14: Eliminate useless items in your car

We all need a little help in this department.

Day 15: Simplify your morning routine

The plus side is getting to sleep in longer.

Day 16: Give away old DVDs you know you’re never going to watch

They’re really just collecting dust by now.

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Day 17: Eliminate old broken dishes

Those old college cups just won’t do it anymore.

Day 18: Eliminate the junk food like you did your junk drawer

Just imagine all the toxins you’re eliminating.

Day 19: Delete all those selfies on your phone

Just old photos and screenshots in general.

Day 20: Go for a walk without your phone

Take in the scenery.

Day 21: Create a relaxing space at home and in your office

Now you’re starting to live like a real minimalist.

Day 22: Eat and go to sleep at the same time every day

You’ll feel great.

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Day 23: Eliminate worn out socks and underwear

More space. Less clutter.

Day 24: Definitely shred old mail

No one needs extra paper floating around.

Day 25: Delete apps

You probably have ones you never use.

Day 26: Donate old coats and scarves that haven’t seen the light of day in years

You’re doing a nice thing for those in need.

Day 27: Throw away those old nail polishes that have dried out

You’ve probably got a few you don’t need anymore.

Day: 28 Eliminate the useless products under your bathroom sink and don’t buy more

Everyone’s got old hair products we never use.

Day 29: Throw way those old vitamins and medicines

Opt in for a healthy smoothies[3] with all vitamins you need.

Day 30: Definitely eliminate those old dusty magazine you never read

The bottom line is figuring out what is truly adding value to your life and what isn’t. It’s no easy task but this minimalist 30-day challenge will help get you started. If you master the first 30 days, try going for 60.[4]

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Last Updated on February 21, 2019

How to Stop Information Overload

How to Stop Information Overload

Information overload is a creature that has been growing on the Internet’s back since its beginnings. The bigger the Internet gets, the more information there is. The more quality information we see, the more we want to consume it. The more we want to consume it, the more overloaded we feel.

This has to stop somewhere. And it can.

As the year comes to a close, there’s no time like the present to make the overloading stop.

But before I explain exactly what I mean, let’s discuss information overload in general.

How Serious Is Information Overload?

The sole fact that there’s more and more information published online every single day is not the actual problem. Only the quality information becomes the problem.

This sounds kind of strange…but bear with me.

When we see some half-baked blog posts we don’t even consider reading, we just skip to the next thing. But when we see something truly interesting — maybe even epic — we want to consume it.

We even feel like we have to consume it. And that’s the real problem.

No matter what topic we’re interested in, there are always hundreds of quality blogs publishing entries every single day (or every other day). Not to mention all the forums, message boards, social news sites, and so on.

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The amount of epic content on the Internet these days is so big that it’s virtually impossible for us to digest it all. But we try anyway.

That’s when we feel overloaded. If you’re not careful, one day you’ll find yourself reading the 15th blog post in a row on some nice WordPress tweaking techniques because you feel that for some reason, “you need to know this.”

Information overload is a plague. There’s no vaccine, there’s no cure. The only thing you have is self-control.

Luckily, you’re not on your own. There are some tips you can follow to protect yourself from information overload and, ultimately, fight it.

But first, admit that information overload is really bad for you.

Why Information Overload Is Bad for You

Information overload stops you from taking action. That’s the biggest problem here.

When you try to consume more and more information every day, you start to notice that even though you’ve been reading tons of articles, watching tons of videos and listening to tons of podcasts, the stream of incoming information seems to be infinite.

Therefore, you convince yourself that you need to be on a constant lookout for new information if you want to be able to accomplish anything in your life, work and/or passion. The final result is that you are consuming way too much information, and taking way too little action because you don’t have enough time for it.

The belief that you need to be on this constant lookout for information is just not true.

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You don’t need every piece of advice possible to live your life, do your work or enjoy your passion.

How to Stop Information Overload (And Start to Achieve More)

So how to recognize the portion of information that you really need? Start with setting goals.

1. Set Your Goals

If you don’t have your goals put in place, you’ll be just running around grabbing every possible advice and thinking that it’s “just what you’ve been looking for.”

Setting goals is a much more profound task than just a way to get rid of information overload. Now by “goals” I don’t mean things like “get rich, have kids, and live a good life”. I mean something much more within your immediate grasp. Something that can be achieved in the near future — like within a month (or a year) at most.

Basically, something that you want to attract to your life, and you already have some plan on how you’re going to make it happen. So no hopes and dreams, just actionable, precise goals.

Then once you have your goals, they become a set of strategies and tactics you need to act upon.

2. Know What to Skip When Facing New Information

Once you have your goals, plans, strategies and tasks, you can use them to decide what information is really crucial.

First of all, if the information you’re about to read has nothing to do with your current goals and plans, then skip it. You don’t need it.

If it does, then ask yourself these questions:

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  • Will you be able to put this information into action immediately?
  • Does it have the potential to maybe alter your nearest actions/tasks?
  • Is it so incredible that you absolutely need to take action on it right away?

If the information is not actionable in a day or two, then skip it.

(You’ll forget about it anyway.)

And that’s basically it. Digest only what can be used immediately. If you have a task that you need to do, consume only the information necessary for getting this one task done, nothing more.

You need to be focused in order to have clear judgment, and be able to decide whether some piece of information is mandatory or redundant.

Self-control comes handy too. It’s quite easy to convince yourself that you really need something just because of poor self-control. Try to fight this temptation, and be as ruthless about it as possible – if the information is not matching your goals and plans, and you can’t take action on it in the near future, then SKIP IT.

3. Be Aware of the Minimal Effective Dose

There’s a thing called the MED – Minimal Effective Dose. I was first introduced to this idea by Tim Ferriss. In his book The 4-Hour BodyTim illustrates the minimal effective dose by talking about medical drugs.

Everybody knows that every pill has a MED, and after that specific dose, no other positive effects occur, only some negative side effects if you overdose big.

Consuming information is somewhat similar. You need just a precise amount of it to help you to achieve your goals and put your plans into life.

Everything more than that amount won’t improve your results any further. And if you try to consume too much of it, it will eventually stop you from taking any action altogether.

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4. Don’t Procrastinate by Consuming More Information

Probably one of the most common causes of consuming ridiculous amounts of information is the need to procrastinate. By reading yet another article, we often feel that we are indeed working, and that we’re doing something good – we’re learning, which in result will make us a more complete and educated person.

This is just self-deception. The truth is we’re simply procrastinating. We don’t feel like doing what really needs to be done – the important stuff – so instead we find something else, and convince ourselves that “that thing” is equally important. Which is just not true.

Don’t consume information just for the sake of it. It gets you nowhere.

The focus of this article is not on how to stop procrastinating, but if you’re having such issue, I recommend you read this:

Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

Summing It Up

As you can see, information overload can be a real problem and it can have a sever impact on your productivity and overall performance.

I know I have had my share of problems with it (and probably still have from time to time). But creating this simple set of rules helps me to fight it, and to keep my lizard brain from taking over.

I hope it helps you too, especially as we head into a new year with a new chance at setting ourselves up for success.

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