What do you spend time on now?
Do you really know what you spend time on? If you stop and add up how many minutes each week you spend hunting for your keys, talking to a creditor to avoid a late payment or looking for a piece of paper with important information, you’ll find you have a significant amount of “lost time”. The average American spends 40 minutes a day looking for something they cannot find – that’s almost 5 hours a week! What could you be doing with an extra five hours a week? For many of us, we “lose” time because of the clutter and disorganization in our homes and offices. When we have piles of toys, stacks of papers and jumbles of “stuff”, we can’t find our stuff when we need it – the very definition of being organized! This clutter and lack of organization makes us feel more stressed and out of control.
What do you want to spend time on?
The time you lose because of clutter is time you will never get back. Throwing your time away is as bad as throwing your money away on buying that clutter in the first place. One effect of clutter is that you shut down. Instead of actively living your life, you wind up stressed – giving all your energy and time to the clutter rather than to the things that really matter to you. No matter how far behind you are, you have to make the time to free yourself from clutter. The old habit of “running around like a chicken without a head” will be over and you will be much calmer and therefore able to get so much more done.
You need to decide what is most important and what you want to spend time on. Time is a valuable commodity and it should be treated as such. Respect your time and your possessions and you’ll find much more time and peace in your life.