7 techniques to clear the clutter from your calendar this Spring–
I’d like to share three today and another few next blog, to give you time to reflect and consider how these could work in your life.
When I write the second post, I’ll give you a link back to this one in case you like to review all ideas at once.
Time clutter isn’t all that different from physical clutter.
- Time and space both have limits. We may not use the capacity of our brains, but mentally and emotionally we have our limits as to what we can handle. And how we feel about how well we’re handling what we have or not.
- “Clutter” usually means it’s not of great value to you – and is therefore a candidate for de-cluttering.
- To reorganize stuff/space or your schedule, it’s critical to know everything you’re dealing with before you reorganize.
- Getting rid of some things is an important and most difficult part of the process.
- Defining your own limits of what you can tolerate is important to your mental health.
- “Should’s” have no place in your space or on your schedule.
- Less is more.
#1 What Do You Know about What You Want?
You want more time and less clutter on your schedule so that ……….
The answer will speak to your values and priorities.
Skip answering with ‘less stress’ or ‘more time to yourself.’ What will you do with more time? Be specific. “Less stress” so that you can …. what happens in your life if you have less stress?
More time so that: I can be a better role model. I’ll build up my new business. I’ll show my family I care more about them than my work.
#2 Paint the Full Picture
You can’ t make effective priority decisions unless you have a full picture of all that vies for your attention.
As David Allen, author and productivity guru says: “Declutter your thoughts. Everything needs to be captured on paper and put into a collection area.”
Sources of “stuff” for your schedule will be: email requests, family activities, parent’s appointments and things to do (if you’re a caregiver), Facebook messages, your own ‘to do’ list for home and for work, fun things you want to get involved in.
Remember: offline/paper and online. Consolidate so you have a full picture.
#3 Declutter it
What and who saps your energy? Declutter. Decline. Delegate. Off your calendar.
Learn to stop, think and sometimes, say “no.” Or “What I CAN do for you is….” implying you cannot do what was asked of you, but something LESS.
Obligations and should`s: look at your schedule and your to do list. What’s on there which is a “should.” What’s the worst that’ll happen if you don’t do some of these “should’s?”
Too many interests cluttering up your calendar? Try rotating interests throughout the year. Pick a new interest each month or each quarter, instead of attacking them all at once.
As always, I’m here for phone or in person coaching and organizing, should you need or want time explore these questions.
Next blog post:
Chunk it Down
Anchor Yourself with A Weekly Review
Wear Your Hats Well
Keep Track of Time