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Reformat Your Life: Deleting clutter for productivity

Do you ever just want to chuck everything out and start fresh? It’s daunting, but tempting. Do you love the feel of a freshly formatted computer or an empty desktop? Today we look at getting that same feeling by deleting the unnecessary in your every day life.

How much stuff do you have in your life that you don’t need? Is it hindering your productivity? Making it harder to find things? Harder to get things done?

Some people, like myself, almost need a bit of clutter around to work. Toys on the desk, several pens at the ready. It seems a clear space never stays fully clear for long.

But even then, too much physical (or digital) clutter can lead to mental clutter.

And the more mental mountains you have to climb to just get started on something, the less productive you’ll be.

If you have to click down seven folders to get to “New Folder (6)” and then sort through documents called “Doc 1″ and “Important” for 15 minutes before you can find what you’re looking for – before you can even begin working on that file – you need to declutter.

Instead, if you have a fresh, clean physical or digital space, your mind will be fresh and clean as well and ready to fill the blanks with creativity and productivity.

I’ve just gotten a new computer and installed only the essentials. It reminded me how unnecessary many of the things on my old PC were (with over 4TB nearly full).

I’m also moving house next year, so we’re looking through our belongings and throwing a lot of them away.

This topic’s been on my mind and I’ve been using these questions to help myself. When you want to declutter your life, think on these four questions.

Ask yourself:

  1. Have I used this in the past 12 months?
  2. Does this serve the purpose of this space?
  3. What does my ideal space look like?
  4. Is this irreplaceable?

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Forward Thinking: Making Use Of The Quiet Times

Here I am, on a grey and quiet day with not a whole lot of work to do. And I’m working from home, so it’s the perfect chance for snuggling up in bed with a good 3DS game.

Yet, I’m not doing that. I’m making sure that I won’t be too busy later on.

I’ve written blog posts for the rest of the month. Scheduled Facebook posts, too.

I’ve emailed some contacts to arrange meet ups for a few weeks time, rather than scrabbling at the last minute to fit them in.

I’ve tidied and cleaned my workspace and surrounding areas.

I’m about to go make a salad I’ll eat today and tomorrow.

I’m not the best at this, by far, yet doing it is so beneficial and freeing.

Here’s why:

  1. End the cycle of free now, busy later
  2. Harness time and use it on your terms
  3. Be productive instead of bored

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