Have you heard of the saying, “As within, so without?” It was coined by ancient Greek philosopher Hermes Trismegistus, and remains as relevant as ever in today’s time. It simply means that one’s outside world is a reflection of what is within, and vice versa.
This is precisely why it is important that our immediate environment reflects what we want to feel. Clutter, represented in unnecessary or unwanted things, may be representative of other aspects in our lives that we need to let go of. And correspondingly, when we clear our physical space we create room for new and better things to come into our lives!
If you want to manifest and welcome abundance into your 2016, here are some ways to physically and mentally declutter your everyday life.
1. For better concentration, remove all barriers.
Being surrounded by clutter is like being surrounded by barriers – major obstacles blocking your path to success.
Think about a cluttered desk, overtaken by unnecessary paperwork and other paraphernalia. Would ideas flow to you properly with such an environment? Instead of concentrating on the task at hand, you are likely to be distracted by the mess.
Start work with a clutter-free desk, so energy can be focused on what the task ahead. One’s mind will be free to develop clear, positive, and creative ideas.
Do away with clutter in every part of the home. In the kitchen, commit to spend more energy on putting together healthy, nourishing meals and less time on putting away clutter!
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2. For better efficiency, stop cutting through rubble.
In order to spend time on crucial activities, you need to spend less time and energy searching through rubble. In our daily lives, we encounter rubble in the form of a cluttered desk, a bursting inbox, a frenzy of file folders – things that keep us from getting to the thing that we really need, such as that sheet of paper, someone’s phone number, or crucial information in an email.
Organize your email inbox by topic or by person. Keep your paperwork in separate, labeled folders. Have one place for knick knacks such as keys, lose change, and phones. No more searching, because you know where to find something.
Spend your precious energy elsewhere. Designate a place for everything to keep you from spending less time on looking, and more on doing.
3. For better productivity, find your best time.
Spend your best time doing your most important work. Your best time is when you feel full of energy, most focused and concentrated, and ready to take on anything.
Everyone’s internal clock is unique. Some people are highly energetic in the wee hours, while some are night owls. Oftentimes, a boost is needed too, whether that maybe coffee, exercise or a simple motivational quote.
Work during this optimal time, and don’t forget to get your dose of what energizes you right before you get to work. This will put you in the right frame of mind in gear to get that personal goal accomplished!
4. For discipline, set a schedule.
It’s one thing to create a list of things to be done, and another to actually set aside time to do them.
Maintain a schedule for your day. An overloaded, chaotic, or undefined schedule will only end up in lost opportunities, missed deadlines, and an overwhelming amount of work that has piled up. Don’t let a messy schedule create more distance between you and want you want in life.
Moreover, spend more time on things that have greater importance.
5. For less procrastination, create a plan and priority list.
Do you find yourself putting off the tasks that need to be done in order to achieve your goals? It’s reflective of how you feel about them. Very often, it’s because of one of two things: you’re unsure about whether they’re the right steps to take; or your list of other, less significant, but urgent tasks are always taking over.
Whichever it is, procrastination puts you in a standstill situation. And this is why you’re moving so slowly towards your desired destination.
When you find yourself procrastinating on something important, force yourself to work on it before anything else, for a full half-hour. Start by doing anything related to it, whether it be writing down a list of things you need to do to achieve it, or reading on an important resource related to it.
By committing to focus on that priority before doing anything else, you will get you closer and closer to achieving it.
6. For better results, learn to manifest.
Before your start working on important goals, and before you begin any interaction, practice investing uninterrupted time to plan for what you hope to achieve from it.
When you visualize the end result that you want, and you plan your personal contact based on that picture, you’ll get a better chance of manifesting it into a positive outcome.
Don’t simply hope for the best. Expect and visualize it.
7. Take it one day, one step at a time.
We don’t have magic wands and we can’t have what we want in an instant. Time is our friend, and if we only learn to use it wisely, we’ll be moving towards our dreams, through consistent steps along the way.
Today, don’t let paperwork pile up on your desk. Decide now what to do with each one – tackle, toss or put it away.
Tomorrow, commit to get rid of a few unnecessary items in a part of your house that don’t belong there.
The next day, cancel an appointment or activity that doesn’t get you closer to your goals.
And each day, spend time ticking off one high-priority task on your list. Through consistent, baby steps on your way up the mountain, each day you’ll find yourself getting closer to the peak.
Just imagine. When you get to that destination, what a wonderful day that will be!