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De-Clutter  29.09.2006

In a recent journal article it was found the average person spends around 150 hours a year looking for things. What a waste of time! But, that’s not the end of it. Many people live and work in a cluttered environment which absorbs a great deal of our energy. It is nearly impossible to work at our peak when surrounded by clutter. The reason being our mind likes to be able to focus on one thing at a time (particularly us guys). When we surround ourselves with clutter, it is much more difficult to focus and maintain concentration on the task at hand. To be effective at work and in life, we must get organized and de-clutter. This doesn’t mean cleaning up your work area once. It means developing good habits around filing things away properly and consistently removing clutter. Here are a couple of tips to get you started:

  • Have a place for everything, and put everything in its place!
  • Use a great filing system, with logical, easy to read headings. The same applies when filing things on your computer.
  • Clear your desk of everything except what you are currently working on. The exception might be an in-tray in the top right hand corner of your desk.

"Excellence is not an act, but a habit." The most successful people form good habits that enable them to utilise their time effectively.

Remember that tomorrow will be no different to yesterday if you don’t change what you are doing today. Develop good filing systems, de-clutter, and you may find yourself with an extra 150 hours (over 9 'awake' days) a year to do whatever you like. Why not spend that time having a great holiday?

Copyright Blake Beattie 2006 www.blakebeattie.com