4 Things You Must Keep to Declutter Your Life

4 Things You Must Keep to Declutter Your Life

Let me guess, you’ve been feeling overwhelmed and finally decided to do something about it.

You donated half your wardrobe. You went a little crazy with bins and a label maker. You purchased a tiny home and put your 2000-square-foot farmhouse on the market. You traded in the mini-van for a Prius.

…okay, maybe you didn’t go to quite that extreme. But no matter what lengths you went to, I’m guessing you still feel overwhelmed. Or anxious. Or both.
It’s a common problem in this crazy society we live in, we all feel overwhelmed from time to time. But I’ll let you in on a little secret – it’s rarely because of our physical possessions.

We feel overwhelmed because we’re overworked and overcommitted.

And while conquering emotional overwhelm, brings an entirely different set of challenges than conquering physical overwhelm, the biggest challenge is surprisingly similar.
You need to decide what is emotional gold, and what is emotional trash.

How do you know what counts as emotional gold?

#1 Focus on your priorities

Your priorities are the things you make time for, no matter what. Often, they are more ideals or life goals than activities. For example, do you ever find yourself thinking, I want to have a successful career, or I want to be a healthy person, or I need my family to be happy. These are the priorities, or life goals you work toward little by little every day.

If you could only do what you wanted to do today, what would that include? More time with family? Extra time at the gym? Date night with your significant other? More time on that project at work? These activities lead to strengthened and continued life goals, or priorities.

While we all would love to schedule our days solely based on our priorities, it’s easy for other things to get in the way. The trick is to always think about what you’re trying to accomplish in life – your priorities. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, get rid of the extra stuff that doesn’t benefit your priorities.

Are you a visual person? Take a minute and write them down. I keep my list on a Post-it® note in my desk drawer. When I feel overwhelmed, I open my drawer and ask myself, what am I doing that does not benefit one of my priorities?

It quickly becomes obvious that I’ve overscheduled some part of my life.

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. -Stephen Covey

#2 Passions drive you to be better

Your passions are things that excite your soul, the things that drive you to be the best version of yourself. When thinking about your passions, ask yourself the following:

  • Who who do I want to be?
  • Why why do I want to be that person?
  • How do I get there?

Switch your focus to what you want, not where you’re going. – Tony Robbins

There is a fine, yet very important line between priorities and passions. Passions are much more integral to who we are as people. While priorities are constantly changing …read more
Source: Steven Aitchison