Do you feel like your week is one of those nightmare halls that keep stretching and stretching out in front of you while you are stuck running in place? Then just when you get to the weekend time races right by you. While you can’t control time, you can control how you spend it by watching this video.(Click here to watch on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/TCDPlan.)
Hi, I’m Lorie Marrero and today’s Clutter Video Tip is about mental clutter. All those thoughts racing around in your head, and we can fix that with some planning. You know, one of my favorite quotes is from the late coach John Wooden: “Make each day your masterpiece.” And the way to do that is by starting out each day knowing what your priorities are. I believe in planning your day as you sit down with your to-do list in the morning, and I also believe in planning your week. I think Sundays are a great day to plan your week with your family and we have a whole video just about doing that that you can see the link for here, and I believe in planning your work on Fridays. Fridays are a little slower day for most people, and it’s a day to regroup from the week you just finished, and a day to plan ahead for the week to come. So you can sit down, you can make lists, you can set your priorities, you can make decisions, and the way to get rid of that mental clutter is through decision making, because that’s ultimately what all clutter is, it’s delayed decisions and delayed actions. So, planning will save you tons of time and reduce your stress tremendously.
Author Brian Tracy says that every minute you spend in planning saves you 10, so it’s a wonderful return on your investment. Now I want to say a word about rigidity – when people hear the word “planning,” and they think about planning their day, they think that maybe it sounds a little bit rigid, like you’re going to be taking off everything on a little schedule, and I want to assure you that I’m really not like that, and it’s not really how I want anybody to live. The whole beauty of planning is to have your highest priority things come in first, in order, so that when inevitable surprises come up, or when spontaneous ideas occur, you can flow with those and do what fun things life has to offer.
So if you need help doing some planning, I highly recommend having an accountability partner. I have had an accountability partner of my own for over 10 years, and now we have another partner who’s joined us for our weekly calls and she’s been with us three or four years now. So it’s something that you can do to answer to someone else, to have you held accountable for actually doing that planning and doing what you say that you’re going to do.
Members of our program have accountability partners in our Member Message Boards, where our team of professional organizers will be your accountability partners if you want us to. And you can find out more about our program at clutterdiet.com/learnmore.
See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.
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