With a wedding and honeymoon coming up, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed! There always seems to be another item on my to do list. Yesterday, it was getting my marriage license, going to a doctor’s appointment, trying and failing to try on the wedding dress I rented due to it not being in stock, adding TWNF to my bank account…this weekend, it’s answering an email from our caterer, finalizing the flowers order, making the program, determining the seating arrangements and on and on.
My mind and schedule have been so cluttered with things that must get done that my novel writing has been pushed to aside for urgent things that have deadlines. Which is not ideal.
Because I don’t want to live a life consumed by errands and to dos. So, I’m hoping to “clean up” my daily life–to eliminate as much mental and physical clutter as I can to focus on things that bring me satisfaction and that require uninterrupted lengths of concentration/time–writing, reading and hiking, specifically. And to have less of a “to do” list to get in the way.
Here are the ways that I plan to eliminate mental and physical clutter from my life in the next few months:
1. Unsubscribe from all marketing emails, daily, as they come in Even 5 seconds of looking at a marketing email that you don’t want is a waste of your concentration and focus! You don’t have to unsubscribe all at once–just unsubscribe as emails you no longer want come in. Within a month, your inbox should be a lot leaner, meaning many less things your brain has to process.
2. Do a clothes purge I waste so much time looking through a closet of clothes I don’t wear for something clean to wear to work. Haven’t worn it in the last year? Sell it on Ebay or another site if it’s valuable, or donate/recycle it if not.
3. Do a books purge Confession: I almost never read the books I buy. Is this true for most people or is it just me? I prefer to read library books and like the satisfaction of returning books I’ve read or couldn’t get into after 20-50 pages. I don’t buy books anymore for this reason, but I probably have at least 200 books on my shelves, or hiding in boxes. I don’t want to completely eliminate books from my house, just get rid of the ones I’m really not going to read that are taking up space.
4. Throw Stuff Away I’m talking about you, box of old newspapers that I’ve had for 6 months and haven’t gotten around to reading yet. Also, I’ve gotten into the habit of throwing away physical mail that I don’t want into the recycling bin before it enters my apartment.
5. Automate! Bills, savings, etc. etc. Whenever I can identify more areas in my life that I can automate, I plan to.
6. Clean and do laundry when I’m mentally tired. Friday immediately after work is a good time for this! Not weekends, when I have long blocks of time to do more enjoyable things, such as…traveling and writing novels!
7. Try to shop as little as possible. Shopping is no fun, except the farmer’s market. I’m going to try to be better about putting things we need (currently, tooth brush refills, socks, and underwear) into an Amazon cart and ordering periodically.
If you have any other ideas for me, let me know!