Category: Workplace productivity



Continuing with this series, there are physical, emotional, mental and spiritual connections between you and your environment.  Here, I’m going to address the mental connections to your environment.  When we look beyond the physical clutter we can begin to see the connection.

Now let’s look at the mental perspective.  Clutter accumulates in physical spaces when mental clutter begins to accumulate.  The mental clutter is the result of stress, related emotions and minor or major shifts or changes in life.  When we’re cluttered mentally, we find it difficult to focus, we’re not clear, and can feel mentally weighed down and drained.  Our thought patterns represent what the physical environment looks like.  When you free yourself of the mental load; remove the blockage, you pave the way for clearing your space and become clear again mentally.  When your mind is clear, your environment is clear.  Likewise, when your environment is clear your mind is clear.

Before you get ready to roll your sleeves up and clear the clutter from your space, take a look at what lies beneath.  What’s going on with you mentally?  The mental clutter is what has the clutter present in your environment.  If you really want to get rid of the clutter once and for all, start with you.

 


Your surroundings and belongings say a lot about you.  They even tell stories about you.  We’ve all heard the saying,”You are what you eat.”  The same is true about your environment.  You are your environment.  Your environment speaks volumes about you; tells the truth about you.  Look around your office space and note what you see.  Is your desk a disaster, so full of paper and other things that you can’t see the surface or find anything?  Perhaps you have more things than you have space for. Your environment is directly connected to what’s going on with you physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  It’s your reflection.  If your environment is cluttered, you have to look at what’s going on beneath the surface and address it to get rid of your clutter once and for all.

On the surface, spaces get cluttered because things aren’t assigned a home; because people shop without a list or without thinking before they buy; can’t decide whether or not to keep something; keeping things because they have a monetary or sentimental value attached to them.  In working with people, I have found that those dealing with clutter have had something happen that starts the process of things accumulating and when they get to the point of being serious about getting rid of it, they are ready to get to the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual things that are present and cluttering their lives.  When the internal connections are addressed in the process of getting rid of the clutter, it’s possible to get rid of the clutter and keep it away for good.

As I mentioned, there are physical, emotional, mental and spiritual connections between you and your environment.  Here, I’m going to address the physical connections.  When we look beyond the physical clutter we can begin to see the body and mind connection.  Let’s look at how clutter relates to the physical body.  Often when you have clutter you’re also dealing with health concerns or excess body weight, which has you feel the same way the clutter does—drained, no balance, heavy and wanting to get out of your body.  In a cluttered space there is no real life present, there is limited movement or it can be difficult to move about the space, there is no balance, and walking into the space can make you feel uncomfortable or wanting to leave the space.  For some, the clutter is a way of protecting themselves, just as excess body weight can be a form of protection.  Getting to the root cause of the physical body issues is key in being able to get rid of the clutter in your environment.  Weight loss or addressing health concerns opens the door and motivates you to get rid of clutter permanently and decluttering an environment clears the way to weight loss or resolving health issues.  Additionally, getting rid of the physical clutter can cause lifestyle changes.

In my next post, I’ll share the mental connections to clutter.

 


The first audio in this series gave you a look at the Face of Procrastination.  This next audio takes things a step further and looks at what I call the Procrastination Tree™.  Next you’re going to explore the roots, or the symptoms of your procrastination and the branches and fruit, or the impact.  Click the link below for the next audio in this series.

Audio 2 The Procrastination Tree

Once you listen to this audio you’ll have another piece in the process of learning about why you procrastinate, but you can’t stop procrastinating until you get to its root cause; until you know why you’re doing it.  The “why” is the key to you being able to stop procrastinating for good.  The solutions that will help you stop procrastinating are in my Procrastination Annihilation™ program. If you’re ready to be stop procrastinating now, click the link to get started.

 

 

 


There never seems to be enough time to get in all of the things we want or need to do.  One reason we never seem to have what we consider to be enough time is that time is elusive.  It’s intangible.  We can’t see or touch it; it can’t be captured or moved and it’s hard to conceptualize.

If we can change our perception of time and develop a more tangible view of it and change our habits, we can master it.

Click to view this short video.

 


If you caught Part 1 of “Where does Your Time Go?” you got access to the daily time log.  If you downloaded and used it to see where your time was going over period of a week, you’ve got some data that you can use now.

Look at each day’s log and note what you see.  Where is your time really going; are you spending it on what’s important to you?  Are you giving time to the tasks that will help you accomplish your goals? If not, what’s in the way?  Are there any patterns that you notice with regard to the things you’re doing? What kind of interruptions are you faced with and how are you dealing with them?  Do you always stop to accommodate people when they come into your office and if so, look to see how much time you spent during the week that you logged just dealing with interruptions.  That time adds up very quickly.

What happens at particular times of the day?  If you’re not getting the important things done, you need to ask yourself a couple of questions:  What’s keeping you from getting things done and is procrastination at play? Are you making time to plan or is your focus on rushing and putting out fires because of a lack of planning?  What habits are supporting you and which ones are hindering your productivity?  Be completely honest about what you see in the big picture.

You can also create a time map to see how much time you’re spending in each area of your life.  Perhaps you want to see how much of your week is spent on work and how much time you’re actually spending on yourself.  We all know that for the majority of people who don’t really know where their time is going, not much is allotted for “me time”.  So sad, but true.  This might not look so pretty on paper, but it’s so important to know and well worth the time it takes to do it.

What things do you see in your way?  Procrastination, interruptions; maybe it’s a lack of planning.  These are indicators that some new habits should be created.  Look at what you’re procrastinating on and learn why you’re procrastinating; learn how to handle and minimize the interruptions and get into the habit of planning.

Looking at how you’re spending your time will give you a clue as to how you’re relating to time.  Once you know that, you can set the stage for improving that relationship.  If you’re not spending time on the important things, then shift gears and your focus so that your time is spent working on the important things, because after all, if you’re not working on the important things, what’s the point?

Making time to discover where your time is going is an important step toward effective time management and it’s just the beginning.  Remove the unimportant things from your to-do items.  Doing so won’t happen over night, but it is possible.  Next, discover your time management personality and choose a time management tool that fits your personality and use it in your regular planning along with other tools and habits to complete a solid time management system.

 

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