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Where are the two places where you spend the most time? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably in your home and at work. Next week we’ll be talking about your work life, but for now, let’s talk about your home life?
The first question you need to ask yourself is, “Is my home optimized for the life I want to live?”
We all love material things, I think it’s just natural human instinct. While there’s nothing wrong with this, it can become troublesome when you end up with a junkyard of products and goods that aren’t working to improve your life. What I’m talking about is clutter, and you probably have too much of it. So why is clutter bad?
Well, that clutter might be impacting your life with a greater force than you realize. “Cluttered home, cluttered life,” would be an appropriate saying. It forces you to sift through more things to find what you were originally looking for. You mind becomes crammed with info about the location of useless products. It’s hard to focus on one task when you have a desk spread with 50 papers across it. If you like the idea of being streamlined and having complete focus, then we need to rid your life of the clutter.
So what do you keep and what do you throw away? Well, if you haven’t used a product in the past 6 months then it’s probably safe to say that you won’t lose much sleep knowing that it’s gone. I’m not saying to throw about the tools you have in your garage. You don’t use these as much, but they’re more of an investment than a useless product that simply collects dust. More on this in a bit.
For now, I want you to make a goal of filling a cardboard box with useless items that you can give away this weekend.
You’ll kill 2 birds with one stone when you do this. First, you’ll start to rid your life and home of the clutter. Second, you’ll be helping someone else out, someone who might actually be able to put these items to better use. You’ll feel good about yourself (and potentially get a little tax break) if you donate these to places such as the Salvation Army.
Now, let’s go back to those tools in the shed or your garage. You spent a lot of money on these. You don’t use them as often, but they hold a special purpose. Instead of buying new tools every few months (which would be crazy), a better tactic would be to simply organize them. Do this and you’ll save time from having to sort through everything and you’ll have a much cleaner workspace. Use that same approach with the rest of your house. If you want to keep it, if it serves a specific purpose, organize it instead of tossing it.
So what happens to your productivity when you uphold this process of decluttering your house? For starters, you’ll probably start to notice your level of stress decreasing. This bleeds in to other areas of your life, such as your relationship with your wife and children. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to know that less stress leads to a better life. Second, tasks will magically seem to be easier to accomplish. With less useless info bouncing around in your head, you’re better able to focus on what really needs to be done. You won’t be distracted by the little things, giving your more time and energy to focus on what really matters most.