Tag «de-cluttering for effectiveness»

de-clutter your diary

Tip 11: de-clutter your diary. With time, we tend to get into routines and auto-pilot mode. We stop paying attention to what we are doing and simply carry on with the usual. What’s in your diary that you could stop doing? What’s unnecessary, unhelpful or no longer a priority? And with that new space in …

de-clutter your desktop

Tip 10: de-clutter your desktop. Visual clutter in our line of sight interferes with our cognitive function and contributes to distracting us. Look at the desktop of your PC or the home screen on your various devices with fresh eyes, and remove all the icons and shortcuts that don’t need to be there!

de-clutter your kitchen

Tip 9: de-clutter your kitchen. What we eat changes everything about how much energy we have, how focused and effective we are, and more generally how we feel about ourselves and the world. So noticing what our kitchen counter looks like and what our kitchen cabinets contain will help us pay more attention to our …

de-clutter your biases

Tip 8: de-clutter your biases. Yep, that’s far easier said than done! By nature, biases are mental tendencies, inclinations or preferences that we run automatically, usually without noticing them. Our biases affect our behavior, our thoughts, our opinions, every aspect of our lives. Noticing and paying attention to them will help us look at the …

de-clutter your habits

Tip 7: de-clutter your habits. Many of our activities are done on auto-pilot, and very rightly so. We don’t want to have to pull out a manual every time we make a cup of tea! But some of our automatic responses or behaviors might not be as helpful as knowing how to make a good …

de-clutter your bedroom

Tip 6: de-clutter your bedroom. Sleep is a fundamental human need and a lack of it affects every single aspect of our lives. We live in a culture where sleep is often underrated and de-prioritized. So make the most of your precious sleep time and free your bedroom of stress-inducing clutter!

de-clutter your distractions

Tip 5: de-clutter your distractions. Our brain has a finite amount of processing power at any one time. Every tweet, every status update, every meme competes for brain processing power with the big stuff, like consolidating our credit cards or fixing a broken relationship. What distraction patterns do you have and what could you be …

de-clutter your worries

Tip 4: de-clutter your worries. We hold many worries in our head. Some of them are rational, and others might be less so. Either way, we hold them all, and getting them out of our heads is a good starting point. Our worries might be about things seemingly out of our control, making them big …

de-clutter your to-do list

Tip 3: de-clutter your to-do list. Our to-do lists are ever growing and very often stressful, leaving us feeling like under-achievers and with a definite sense of “could do better”. Look at your list and select all the things that you will actively not do right now. Either delete them altogether, or record them separately …

de-clutter your news intake

Tip 2: de-clutter your news intake. While it’s important to be informed, it’s even more important to be informed with stories that are factual, balanced and relevant. Find the few sources of news that you trust, and de-clutter any other news feeds that distract you from getting on with work and life, and that create …