“Never again clutter your days or nights with
so many menial and unimportant things
that you have no time to accept
a real challenge when it comes along.
This applies to play as well as work.
A day merely survived is no cause for celebration.
You are not here to fritter away your precious hours
when you have the ability to accomplish so much
by making a slight change in your routine.
No more busy work.
No more hiding from success.
Leave time, leave space, to grow.
– Og Mandino
Freeing my mind involves managing the space around me. I do not like a lot of clutter or piles of STUFF: Paper clutter, clothes that need to be folded and put away, emails and telephone calls that need to be returned. I strive to be organized and committed to a daily routine. I was doing very well, but something happened to throw me off course. Instead of trying to retrace my steps and waste energy trying to figure out what broke my stride, I am moving forward to getting things back in order. First order of business, tackle the piles that I can physically see! If I can relieve the negative stimulation caused by seeing the physical clutter, I think it will greatly improve my mental state of being.
I keep getting an electronic reminder of my goal to have my spring cleaning completed by March 31st. Unfortunately, because I haven’t been as active towards attaining the goal, I find the ‘friendly reminder” quite annoying! It is time to implement a new strategy that will give me small successes to celebrate. Since I do not have an entire day or any other huge block of time to complete the task – I will do 30 minutes a day until the task is completed. I put this strategy into play yesterday, and it was a wonderful feeling to see how much that I was able to accomplish in 30 minutes. Stop being so hard on yourself and break down that daunting task to 30 minutes a day. You’ll see progress, and you will be motivated to move forward until the task is completed!