Where’s Your Clutter? Consider What You Have, Do, and Say to Spot Your Clutter

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Will Says | Comments Off on Where’s Your Clutter? Consider What You Have, Do, and Say to Spot Your Clutter

Where’s Your Clutter? Consider What You Have, Do, and Say to Spot Your Clutter

INVENTORY

We tend to gather, collect, and hoard the latest and greatest shiny objects with the result that the honeymoon wains, and we forget why we bought it in the first place, we lose the motivation to productively apply it, or we just clear a space on the shelf or in a drawer for it.  To simplify what I am saying, we stand in line to get the newest gadgets and then something newer catches our eye and we move in that direction.  Its not really our fault, we are marketed to react. In the world of technology, if a product does not have an update in a few weeks or less, we have moved on, it loses our attention and interest. Technology and gadgets have become like drugs, we just have to have it, we have to own it.

 

And that is just things, we also tend to collect ACTIONS in the form of habits and behaviors.  We may hit that GET MAIL button every ten minutes out of boredom, just like others may eat when sad.  We adopt coping behaviors to deal with stress, boredom, emptiness, and many of these behaviors just add clutter to our lives, they are not productive whatsoever, but yet we do it anyway.

 

Additionally, we SAY things that add clutter to our lives.  We respond too quickly without gathering enough information from our clients to appropriately address their needs, or we engage in company gossip wasting our time and alienating ourselves from others.

 

The next step is to Inventory what we have, what we do, and what we say.

 

It is critical not to pass judgement too quickly.  Instead, we need to assess our actions, words and possessions.  Before we know what is important and what is not, we have to know what we have, what we do, and what we say.

 

That means I had to look at what I was doing, saying, and piling.  I started with my technology.  I created the Simple Sense formula in response to my gadgets: I had too many, used them inappropriately, and I was not conveying the message that I needed to convey to others.

 

Inventorying is context-based.  It needs to be applied to a particular area or situation, say technology, or your desk, or your lunch hour.  This is an important consideration because if you tackle too much at once, then you will find the overall task daunting.  If you tackle one area or situation at a time, then you will be truly following Less is More Success principles and will gain the added advantage of numerous simplification victories on the road to overall successfulness and mastery.

 

When inventorying, start by taking out a piece of paper and making three columns.  One column is for “THINGS I DID.”  The other is “THINGS I HAVE.”  The final column is “THINGS I SAY.”  Write down anything  you can think of that relates to the area or situation of immediate concern.  For some of you it may take more than one piece of paper.  Write neatly – you want to read your own writing later when you look back at it.

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