In an earlier post I wrote about 5 ways to clean up a cluttered a blog, and now it is time to take the trash out of your life. Having a cluttered and unorganized environment around you can create a lot of stress and drastically reduce your work efficiency. For which I will write a post on ways to clean up your work place.
But it is also really important to clean up your own life. Your life can become filled with a lot of anxieties, emotional baggage and overwhelming responsibilities. This is where it becomes important and a time comes for everyone to clear the garbage and organize chaos in one’s own life after a certain point.
Here is how you can do it:
Reduce your commitments
Don’t take up more job than you can handle. And even if you can handle all the job, then leave some buffer space. If you fill your plate to the full – it becomes very easy for you to plunge into chaos and end up in creating a mess in your life. Always keep your commitments to a minimal and take jobs that you know are comfortable for you to complete or tackle in the set timeline.
Because, commitments can range from family, friends, religious home, office and your own – this is very prioritizing becomes important. However, prioritizing need not only be an activity to control your commitments, but it is also a very important cleaning exercise to remove things that you just do not require in your life at all. Prioritizing can mean, you either think its important to meet that family relative on your only Sunday or you want to just kick back a catch a movie. Its your priority in such cases and you don’t need to always put people first. Rescheduling meetings depending on their importance level is a skill that will serve you well.
Learn how to say no
One of the biggest and the most effective ways to remove junk from your life is to just start saying no. It may be your commitments or jobs that someone may have asked you to do. Just say no to those you can and you will find that most of your time is freed up. Also, having a pending job creates a psychological feeling of always unfulfilled work. This is why “no” is important.
Cut down the jabber
You will appreciate how important silence is in your life. And by cutting down the jabber I mean reducing your tweets, your Facebook updates and the copious amounts of time that you may spend on the phone. They are all cluttering up your life because it does not give you a moments time to just think and take life slow for a minute. You are always knowing what other are up to and letting everyone know about you. Well, you might be a social animal but that is no reason for you to go on a relentless stream of endless conversations.
Bringing about a change in your routine and mixing things up can prove to be multi-pronged benefit for you. It is always observed that a change in routine does always help you boost your efficiency and it is a let up from the daily drag. At the same time, rearranging your chores might also result in you finding a far more faster way of getting work done that you did earlier.
This is perhaps the most important point for guys who have the habit of carrying the weight of their emotions with them. It may be a past hurt or a recent bruise, letting it go is the only way that you will feel lighter and more comfortable with yourself and your life. No matter how much you may make your life lean and efficient – you wont enjoy it till you lift the emotional weights. Emotional baggage is perhaps the worst sort of irritant before you can really be happy.