Keeping it simple is difficult. Look around – is there clutter? Books or papers piled up? Do you have to search for your keys? Look at your shampoos – how many do you have? What about make-up, black pants, white shirts? Do you have a junk drawer, a junk room? Maybe your garage?
Having stuff is great, the problem is this clutter gets in the way of showing up, at your best, every day. If you would like to increase your focus and get more done – simplify! Here are 3 tips.
# 1. Organize.
Have containers, file cabinets, folders on your computer, where you can put your stuff.
# 2. Handle your papers, files, stuff – once.
If you pick it up, use it, then put it in a container, which includes the trash. I have heard my clients (and my husband 🙂 ) tell me they leave it out to remind them to look at it later – and it is still there when later comes, underneath more stuff, for later. Set a timer or reminder to cue you to access the article or item when you will use it.
# 3. Get clear on what is REALLY important to you, at this moment.
This is what makes simplicity so hard. The lack of clarity around your goals and your intention increases complexity. You say Yes, to requests that require you to stop what you are doing, and fix someone’s problem, or because you said Yes, you lose the time you need to unwind, so you do not organize your space. And, the examples can go on and on about the distractions that drain your energy and take you away from what matters most.
Setting priorities and identifying your mission critical objectives for the day, week, month , year and moment is critical to focus.
Stop. Set up your goals. Say No, so you can say Yes, to what is most important for you.
Dr. Cynthia Howard is an Executive Coach, working with professionals and organizations to unleash their potential. Check out the Resilient Leader group and learn more about simplifying your day!