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Once you have your list, you can begin to set deadlines for yourself. With your calendar for next year in front of you, set a deadline for each item on your list and place it in your calendar.  Next, break each item into smaller pieces or tasks and place those in your calendar.  Consider each item like a meal before you.  Each smaller task is a bite of the meal.  Remember this analogy as while breaking things down into tasks that are realistic.

Continue the process until everything is in your calendar.  If you have a system for managing your time, then you already plan on a weekly and daily basis.  If not, now is a good time to start.  Each week that you plan, look at each task you created and assign a block of time to work on it. At the start of each day, look to see what’s on the agenda.

Now, realistically you won’t be able to do all of your planning in one session, because, after all, it is a lot.  To avoid overwhelm, schedule a few planning sessions so that you can get the job done.  If you have an assistant or another employee who is key in accomplishing your objectives, include them in the process.  It may take you what seems to be quite a bit of time, but it’s an investment of your time and time well spent.  Think about the time that you stand to waste if you don’t plan for the things that you want to accomplish.  Remember, every minute of planning saves you four minutes.  If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Believe it or not, clutter doesn’t just impact your physical environment.  One thing that it impacts is your physical body.  Think about how you’ve felt before when you’ve walked into a cluttered space.  It’s confining, it seems to suck all of your energy and makes it hard to focus on what you’re doing.  In cluttered office spaces you may have had the feeling of something coming over you when you walk into the space.  Have you ever had one of these experiences when you walk into a cluttered space?

When we clear the clutter and address the underlying reason for it being present, it paves the way for us to release other things.  For example, once you let go of the clutter, it paves the way for you to release excess weight.  And likewise, when you loose weight, you feel the need to get rid of the clutter that’s in your environment.  The two are directly connected.  One is a reflection of the other.  To deal with either one of them you have to change your perspective and look at what lies beneath to get rid of your clutter once and for all.

One of the things that I find people struggle most with is clutter.  It starts small and then it builds into something that you just can’t seem to get rid of.  It can get to the point of  you having one room or an entire house full of clutter.  The challenge is getting to the point of being able to clear it up and then to keep it from coming back.

The truth of the matter is that clutter has physical,  emotional and mental connections that we aren’t aware of.  When you aren’t aware of those connections and what they are, you can clear the clutter, but it’s guaranteed to come back because the root of the problem hasn’t been addressed.

I have found that people 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 and mental 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.

Do you have clutter that you just can’t get rid of or have you gotten rid of it before only to have it return?  Are you all cluttered out?  Post your thoughts or experiences in a reply.

Learn more during our F-R-E-E September  TeleClinic recording, Clutter: Your Environment, Body & MindClick here for info.

Clutter can have a great impact on your life and can really fool you about what it actually does.  Take a look at what clutter can do to your life by clicking here.

Have you started an organizing project and then got stuck?  This usually happens when people get overwhelmed, which really is just a conversation.

When people start to organize a space in their home, it usually takes longer than they anticipate.  Once they realize that, the overwhelm conversation begins.  As a rule of thumb, if you think it’s going to take you an hour to organize one area, chances are that it’s going to take twice as long.  With that in mind, plan your project.  Schedule the days and times that you are going to work.  If you think it’s going to take four hours, then schedule four hours in your calendar to do the work, then stick to that schedule.  If, as you work you see that it will take longer, schedule additional time.

As you work, don’t allow the overwhelm and the emotions that come up to get to you.  Remember that getting organized is a process and that during that process your space may look a bit more disorganized, but it’s not going to stay that way.  Once it comes time to work on your project, leave everything else alone.  That means the phone, the television and other things that will change your focus.  Keep working on the task at hand.

When it’s time for your next session, work on just that for the time that you’ve scheduled and stick with the other scheduled times until you are completely done.  Don’t allow the overwhelm to keep you from moving forward with yor organizing.

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