How to sort through life clutter
Life clutter is different from clutter in that builds up in your house, it’s things that clutter your life, your day, and your mind! It’s all the extra things you task yourself with doing or worrying about. It is exhausting to have a million things to do and fret about, because there really are million things around you that demand your attention.
So here is how to significantly improve your life
Follow these easy steps to declutter the stuff you shouldn’t even worry about:
1. Write down your goals!
Goals are AMAZING for helping you keep perspective of what really matters! Write a list of the things that you are trying to achieve long term and short term. If you feel like setting goals and writing them down is a hard because nothing ever comes out of them, other than just wasting paper, then check out this post on how to achieve your goals.
If you are having a hard time figuring out a short term goal try asking yourself what you can personally do to feel less stressed. If you don’t want to wake up in a bad mood, make a goal to do yoga and breathing exercises. My suggestion is to find 1 new healthy habit you want to work on.
2. Clean the space around you.
Okay, so this step is to literally remove physical clutter from your life. Don’t over commit yourself to cleaning the entire house in 1 day! (that’s way too overwhelming and exhausting, and you don’t need to wear yourself out like that!) But every day choose 1 thing that you’re going to focus on to get clean.
It can be as simple as putting the laundry away, or doing a 5 minute cleaning spree in a specific room. Doing this every day gives you a sense of control and relief.
3. Let’s talk social media clean up.
We all know how Facebook is a wonderful and terrible place for current events, news, opinions and nonsense (sorry those last 2 were a little redundant;) but you have the power over what you see and what you don’t. If someone is always posting about topics/opinions you aren’t fond of, simply unfollow them instead of engaging in what they are saying. You will honestly be a lot happier if their agenda isn’t being broadcasted on your feed and making you upset and feel the need to defend your stance on the issue (because some people can’t see the other side of a topic…so pick and chose your battles).
4. Limit your screen time and TV time.
Spend more time outside, and doing the things you’ve been postponing. Life is happening right now. That Doctor Who series isn’t just going to disappear but that sunset outside, those opportunities to experience the world and travel won’t always be there.
Check out these numbers:
Isn’t that crazy?! That’s 167.2 days that the average American spends watching TV, on social media, at their desk job. Now it’s understandable that some people can’t just cut a big portion of screen time out of their day. Because it is a big part of their day and how they make a living.
So to limit the time you waste online think of your time wasters. Do you have apps on your phone that distract you from doing the dishes, or going outside? Evaluate where you can cut your screen time.
5. Focus on what matters.
You will always have time for what you make time for. Think about your free time. What do you do in that free time? How could you better spend it? If you seriously don’t have an ounce of free time, what can you do to help yourself feel less stressed (because you matter. You need to have some “you time” too).
This is one of my favorite videos on time management. I love when she talks about wanting to interview this incredibly busy woman about how she manages her time. She ended up having to reschedule and the reason why is because she wanted to go hiking that day. She explained that she makes time for the things she wants to do. Watch the video she is a phenomenal speaker!
6. Stop the gossip and complaining.
I know it can be exciting to get in on the hot talk that’s floating around the office. But what gossip is good gossip?? Positive gossip is a rare occurance so choose where you’re going to spend your energy wisely. Since gossip tends to be more negative try avoiding it and pay attention to how you feel when you choose to focus on the positive, and engage in non-gossip conversations.
And complaining breeds misery, and misery loves company, so constantly complaining about different topics is going to drag you down into the dumps without you noticing until you are too far gone. So just avoid it as best you can.
7. Practice yoga.
Get in the routine of doing yoga after you wake up in the morning or before you go to bed (or both!). Not only is yoga good for your body but it’s also great for your mind! It is a perfect way to relax and clear all of the thoughts and stresses gone wild in your brain. Which is the exact point of getting rid of life clutter. If you want to live a better life learn how to meditate and master your mind.