Several months ago, I started working on getting my little world in order, as in:
- Decluttering my workspace (home office).
- Getting more sleep.
- Taming my inbox (I will NOT let it defeat me – not there yet, though).
- Organizing my closet, dresser and bathroom.
- Offloading a bunch of deadweight on my computer (really old files that just take up space, physically and mentally).
- Changing web hosts (don’t get me started on that).
I named this (not so) little project #lifedeclutter, and for a while I posted about it here, on social media and on my whiteboard at home.
I probably don’t have to tell you how easy it is to let things slide once you’ve started making improvements, especially if you never quite achieved the results you were looking for in the first place.
Yes, I’ve made a lot of progress. But I’ve also backslidden in some areas.
My main email account (I have three going into the same inbox) contains – as I write this paragraph – 8,111 emails, 5,707 of which are marked Unread. (Sad but true.)
A few months ago, I had it under 2,000.
I won’t go into all the things I’ve been busy with, but those things have led me to neglect the daily maintenance I was pursuing in my digital space.
In other words, I never got to Inbox Zero (does that even exist?), and I slid back into old habits.
Well, my friends, that is going to change.
In less than two weeks, a new month starts, and so begins a new quarter of 2018.
The return to #lifedeclutter.
I’m giving myself the rest of March to gear up for the change, because I’m working on my taxes, trying to reconcile all my bank accounts and hoping to get things in good order to start fresh come April 1.
(Major shift: I’m bound and determined to switch back to Apple Mail and start using the filters and tagging plug-ins I added over a year ago. I’m going to schedule it and make it happen.)
But most of all, I’m bouncing a lot of ideas around in my head.
I want to figure out how to get you involved.
So … in the next three days, think about this:
What is the main thing in your world that’s driving you crazy right now?
Do you need to:
- Declutter your closet?
- Organize your kitchen?
- Create a bedtime routine that helps you end the day relaxed and ready to sleep?
- Shape up your family budget?
- Shape up your butt? (Guilty.)
- Prioritize some neglected relationships?
- Make amends?
- Clean out your inbox? (Ahem.)
Getting your physical, mental and spiritual world in order opens the door to infinite possibilities. I’m looking at you, entrepreneur-in-the-making.
Write down (yes, write it on paper, in ink) one to three dreams you have. If ANYTHING were possible, what would you want your life to look like in 12 months, 5 years, 10 years … at the end of your life?
Would you start a business? Apply for a job in a different field? Go back to school? Start volunteering for a cause you’re passionate about? Move to the mission field? Write a book? Sail around the world? Build a house? Run for office?
DREAM BIG, MY FRIEND.
One thing you’re not allowed to do: Limit yourself or edit your list. Write anything you’ve ever dreamed about doing, no matter how crazy it sounds. (You don’t have to show it to anyone if you don’t want to.)
This is your life we’re talking about.
If you’re brave enough, post a comment here letting the world know what you’re dreaming. If you’re not ready for that, contact me privately here and share it with me only. (I promise I won’t tell.)
Then we’ll come back next week and start working on some things together.
If you don’t already get my email updates, be sure to subscribe (see the box or click here) so you’ll be able to keep up with our #lifedeclutter and other goodies. (Kinda ironic that I mention subscribing when I haven’t tamed my own inbox, huh? I promise I won’t inundate you with daily annoyances. I email when I publish a blog post, and sometimes I send stuff exclusively for my subscribers, but that averages to about once a week.) At the moment, the free resource for subscribing is “8 Tips for Saying No Graciously” – a two-page PDF that will help you get started on what you want to do, not what you think you have to do.
Now, let’s get busy dreaming.