It made me think about how clearing space can be so cleansing - almost therapeutic.
We live in a world where we're bombarded with stimuli: sounds, competing demands, urgent timelines, clutter, and confusion. Sometimes it just becomes noise. I think about those moments in
Sometimes we need to turn down the noise or clear some space so that we can slow down the pace we pretend we can keep up with! Sometimes, we don't even realize how much that clutter shrinks our capacity to do the things we want to do in the amazing ways we want to do them!
- Turn off the television. Sometimes we leave it on for background noise - but for what purpose?
- Organize your desk. I find a tidy work space that lacks clutter and dust frees up my creativity and energy to complete whatever task I set my mind to doing.
- Try saying 'no' to requests. This can be hard if we feel like we're letting someone down, being lazy, or impolite if we turn people down. (Listen to that voice and try to tease out what you're gaining from that pattern.) But freeing up space for 'down-time' is an important step to finding balance.
- Try meditation. This is something I've recently started, and I find even ten minutes of quiet meditation practice yields surprising results.
- Replace that coffee with some herbal tea. Stimulants not only fuel us up in the morning, it can fuel up our reactions to stress.
- Schedule time in your day for emergencies. You know they come up - those last minute requests, urgent projects, jarring phone calls. We can pretend they don't happen, but then we end up running from meeting to meeting with no spaces in between and feel that much more frantic when those emergencies do flare up.
What kind of needless clutter do you put up with? What can you do to turn down the noise?