In Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer’s book “The Success Principles. How To Get From Where You Are to Where You Want To Be”, Success Principle 28 is similar to this. It’s called “Clean Up Your Messes and Incompletes”.
We all get excited about the New Year and getting a fresh start. But, how can you do that if you’re dragging in your clutter (literal and mental) and half-finished projects/goals?
Research shows that clutter and only partially completed projects mentally drains us and robs us of valuable “attention units”. Our brains function best when we’re focused on only a few things at a time. Messes and incompletes also waste valuable time and increases stress.
For example, according to organizational expert Jillian Pollack, people spend an average of six minutes a day just looking for their keys. That’s 42 minutes a week or three hours a month or over 36 hours a year of needlessly added stress! Think of what you could be doing with that extra time.
So, what’s the solution? Here are some tips!
Step 1: Make a list of all your messes and incompletes. Divide them into personal and business/professional.
Step 2: Go through each item and decide if you’ll personally do it, delegate it, delay it or dump it. Set deadlines for each.
Step 3: Take action! If there are tasks you can do in 15 minutes or less, do them and check them off your list. It’s a great way to generate momentum. If the task will take longer, chunk it down into smaller tasks and then start. If the tasks need to be delegated, contact the personal/people you need help from.
Cleaning up your messes and incompletes will help you Stress Less & Manifest More!
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