Okay, you can stop laughing now because for those who know me they know I am NOT the “cleaning queen”. I am always amazed at the similarities between reducing clutter in our home and our weight loss journey. The truth is when we reduce clutter – mentally and physically – we lighten our journey. Who doesn’t want to be lighter, right?
Organizing your physical space – as well as your mental space – can banish distractions so you can focus on things which really matter to you. What matter’s most to you? For me, in addition to my faith, family and business…..my health and weight loss journey has become something which is in the top 5 of my “what matters’ most” list.
Did you know a chaotic environment can leave you open to making unhealthy food choices? According to a recent study, disorder leads to stress and stress spikes your body’s cortisol levels which in turn may make your body hold onto excess weight. Hmmm.. can I use this as a reason if I don’t loose any weight this week? So, a clean sweep not only helps you to get organized BUT it also promotes healthy behavior like eating fresh fruits and veggies, moving your bike to the front of the garage instead of buried in the back and having a serene bedroom for a good night’s sleep. Plus all of this moving around is exercise (yes, I went there) so you are getting double benefits.
Physical space is often easy to unclutter because we see it every day. What about making a mental clean sweep? This isn’t always so easy. Here are some tips to help you on this project:
- Write Down Your To-Dos. No matter how good your memory is, we all forget things. Lately, I forget more often than I care to admit. The thing is when we record tasks and reminders on paper or on a digital list (if you are tech savvy), you free up your brain space. When you free up your brain space of your to-dos, you have space to get creative, dream and work on ideas floating around waiting to be discovered.
- Create Email Folders. I know this may be a no-brainer for some but I know people who keep everything in one “general” folder then spend countless hours searching for things. A waste of time and energy. I have have become more specific with my email folders – bills (to pay & paid), upcoming events, follow-up, potential hostess, team news, and the list goes on. When was the last time you went looking for an email only to find oodles of them and you couldn’t find the one message which told you what time to be at a meeting? Make folders which work for you then as you read an email – delete, move to an action file or save. The key is to not touch an email more than once, if possible. I used to use this same theory in my office – it saved me moving papers from pile to pile and getting nothing accomplished.
- Speak Your Mind. Yup, I struggle with this one. In a perfect world, I would be comfortable telling others when I feel slighted, bothered or angry. Since we don’t live in a perfect world, I have a hard time speaking my thoughts especially if they don’t agree with others in the room. If you are good at doing this – AWESOME! Keep it up. If you aren’t, why not try speaking your thoughts out loud in an empty room. Sounds silly right? The truth is when you voice your opinion, share your feelings and hear yourself out – you can let go of the feelings continuing on with your day. Believe me, this does work.
Now, it is your turn… what steps are your going to take to organize your physical space? Need some help, ask me about an “organizing session” and let me help you with a difficult space.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!