Spring has officially sprung here in Atlanta, and aside from the occasional bout of allergies and popup thunderstorms we’ve been getting, I’m not mad about it! In fact, around this time of year, the sunshine and longer daylight hours always seem to give me the added bursts of energy I need to get more done in my day. Like most people, I’m deep into spring cleaning or decluttering as I like to refer to it! Getting rid of all the things that I A don’t use, B don’t have the space for, and C forgot that I even owned in the first place. But as you know, this year I’m all about being more efficient, and with that, I’ve focused on three areas that I think everyone needs to be clutter free to ensure a clear mind heading into this next half of the year!
- Your Email Inbox –
Which is probably running over with messages that you don’t even care to open. Email is hands down my favorite means of communication! However, if you’re not careful before you know it, your inbox will easily become out of control. Have you missed important correspondence items, taskers, and deadlines, because they are hidden amongst junk mail? Or have you gotten to the point that instead of clearing out your inbox, you create a new one only for that one to eventually become a mirror image of your previous one? Trust me; I’m right there with you which is why I made this area the first on my list. So go ahead, unsubscribe to all the people and places that you are no longer interested in, delete all those unread and nonactionable messages, and create an electronic folder system within your inbox to help it become more manageable.
- Your Physical Space –
Did you know that there is a ton of research that shows a direct correlation between productivity and clutter? That’s why is extremely important to keep the spaces you spend most of the time clear and clutter free. I work from home 90% of the time, so my mostly used spaces are my bedroom and my home office. For you, it may be different. Give it some thought and come up with the places you spend most of your time either at work at home or both. Are those areas set up in a way that is positively impacting your productivity? If not, now is a good chance to change that!
- Your Body –
Because if you’re not taking care of this, you are of no good to anyone, not yourself, your family, your boss, or your friends. When you think about it, we all have something that we can declutter from our body whether it be mentally or physically. Toxic relationship? Let it go! Negative friends, who don’t have your best interest at heart? Get rid of them! Because they are draining your soul in a way, you wouldn’t imagine. How about foods that we love but are harmful to us in the long run. Now is a good time to reduce or eliminate that particular item from your diet? For me, it was soda which as much as I love, is horrible for my skin. But I got rid of them (mostly hehe) and now breakouts related to them is one less thing I have to worry about. And there it is! If you’re looking to spring clean something more than your cupboards this year, give this list a try and be sure to find me on social media and let me know your results! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.