Clear Your Desk of Clutter: Increase your Productivity

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Some of us live happily in chaos; most of us don’t. Clutter creates a cloggy feeling which drags us down and stunts productivity and creativity. Lots of people ask me ‘Where do I start to declutter my house?’ And I always advise that your desk is a fantastic place to start because for an entrepreneur this is usually the hub of everything. Another question I get asked a lot is how to declutter your paperwork. You can’t clear your desk without having a system for your paperwork so read on for a simple tip.

If you Clear your Desk

…. you

Release Time, Creativity and Productivity

What does your desk look like?
What are the three words that describe your desk/work area?

If your words are like these: clear, fresh, clean, organised, functional, pretty, tidy then don’t read on. Chances are that either you’re not doing any work at all or you are already working efficiently, allowing creativity and energy to flow.

A clear desk makes you want to breathe deeply and approach your day with a fresh mind, a fresh start. It symbolizes organisation and clarity.
Keep it Simple: Less is More

  • Less Clutter
  • Less Chaos
  • Less Mistakes
  • Less Forgotten
  • More time
  • More clarity
  • More productivity
  • More creativity?

5 Easy Steps to a Clutter Free Desk

1) Schedule a date in your diary. Clutter Free Desk Day. Make sure you really give it importance and give yourself enough time to really get stuck in. Take the time out to have a good clean, clear-out and organisational session.

2) How would you like your desk to be? Take a few minutes to create a vision of how you want to work and how you need your desk to be to support your vision. What do you need on your desk? What would you like on your desk? How do you want to feel when you sit at your desk? Is it in the right place for you? Perhaps you even need a new one. Do you have everything you need to support you in your work? Do you need to buy anything that would make your job easier and more streamlined … another filling cabinet, a pen holder, a new stapler? Do you want to work to music?

3) How to declutter your paperwork? Develop a system. Its essential. A good system for keeping a clear desk that I use was developed by Mark Forster. You only have two trays on your desk. All paperwork that is produced on one day goes into one tray. Everything goes in there: notes, lists, memos, receipts, invoices, newspaper articles, the post, everything!

The following day you focus on that tray and ‘deal’ with everything in it. That could mean a whole host of things depending on what the items are: diarising, filling, delegating, or even actioning for that day. Meanwhile anything that is coming in that day goes into the other tray to be dealt with the next day.

4) Go for it! On your scheduled day, possibly armed with new items (maybe even a new desk) create a working environment that pleases you, that makes you enjoy sitting and working at your desk. Clean and polish everything! Create an environment which inspires and motivates you, which makes you feel more productive. Throw out all the stuff you will never use or need. Deal with everything that is outstanding.

5) Keep it that way! It will feel so good you will be motivated to keep it that way. Keeping your desk like this help to eliminates stress and chaos. At the end of each work session say to yourself, “When I come back to this desk will my surroundings make me feel inspired and raring to go?” Eventually it becomes a habit to leave things exactly as you want to find them. Enjoy and let me know how you get on.

Keep it simple: less is more!

Are you struggling with physical clutter? Fed up with it holding you back? I have created a workbook that will help you get clear on how you really want to live and help you clear your physical clutter in easy, simple and fun steps. Take a look at my Be Clutter Free workbook here.

 

 

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Best Way to Declutter Your Home? Get into Flow!

Dandelion - get into flow and declutter

People always ask me how to clear clutter fast. One of the ways is by being in flow. Being in flow is a delicious state. It enables you to move effortlessly through life achieving everything you want to achieve and feeling good. And being in flow is the best way to declutter your home.

How can we get into a flow state and make clutter clearing as easy as possible?

Here is a brief list of questions designed to get you thinking about your perfect clutter clearing moments. Spend a few moments with it. It will help you work out how to clear clutter fast.

When do you have more natural energy and motivation?

Your Best Time of Day

  • morning
  • evening
  • at night

Your Natural Work Rhythm

  • I prefer to take time out to start and finish a job
  • I like to do things in little packets of time

Group or Individual

  • working alone
  • working with others

Seasons

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter

Recurring Events

  • New Year
  • Around holidays
  • Christmas time
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries
  • Children’s term times

States of Mind

  • busy times
  • sad times
  • happy times
  • relaxed times

So what are your times of natural energy and motivation? Can you identify any other situations or states of mind that will help you find the best way to declutter your home?

If you work with the natural ebb and flow you can make your clutter clearing a more positive and happy experience.

I would still suggest you try the ten minute technique every day when you are struggling to get motivated but if you want a real splurge …. then use your natural flow to get stuck in!

That reminds me … I really need to use this technique to get on with the garden. I’ll let you know how I get on!

Shed your physical and emotional clutter and find your true self and unlimited potential.

Happiness starts with being the real, authentic you. I help clients access their, sometimes lost, authentic selves and realize their desires.

Are you struggling with physical clutter? Fed up with it holding you back? I have created a workbook that will help you get clear on how you really want to live and help you clear your physical clutter in easy, simple and fun steps. Take a look at my Be Clutter Free workbook here.

 

Declutter your home in just 10 minutes a day! My New Ebook

Decluttering eWorkbook

Hello everyone!

I have finally completed the revised edition of my Be Clutter Free Workbook.  Here it is!

  • Are you sick of clutter holding you back and draining your energy?
  • Do you spend too long trying to find things because there is just too much stuff?
  • Are you embarrassed to invite people back?
  • Do you want that feeling of ease and peace when you come home?
  • Do you want to be able to find anything you want straight away?
  • Do you want to live in a home that you feel proud of and enjoy?

I would like to offer you my Be Clutter Free workbook which will help you declutter your home in a fun and easy way (yes its possible)

I created this workbook because I used to be a total clutterbug and now I am not. I wanted to help other women be clutter free too. It’s such a liberating experience and frees up so much time and energy, why wouldn’t I want to share this?

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What you will get from this workbook?

  • 65 pages that take you through your decluttering journey in easy, fun, manageable steps
  • Interactive worksheets to help you track your progress
  • Step by step instructions on how to declutter your home in easy ways
  • Learn how just ten minutes a day can create significant dents in your clutter
  • You get to find out why you have clutter in the first place
  • You will create a beautiful vision of exactly how you want your home to look and feel
  • You will learn how to declutter for good – joy!

Where clutter is concerned Less is More

Less Anxiety
Less Stress
Less Indecision

More Energy
More Space
More Organisation

Why learn about it from me?
As I said, I have been very cluttered myself in the past but once I started on this journey I never looked back. I wanted to declutter for good and I did. Decluttering made me feel free.

As a child my mother would hold her hands up in despair at my mess and inability to let go of anything and when I first had a young family its was very chaotic to say the least. It caused me endless hours of hunting for things and just seemed to sap my mental energy.

I discovered earlier this year that I had ADHD. Many people with ADHD suffer with clutter issues. I was just lucky that I created a solution for myself and now i want to share it with others.

Because decluttering has brought me untold benefits, this is why I’m very qualified to teach and share this information with you.

I have been a life coach for many years and I used to specialise in helping people to declutter for good. Its a real problem that can stop you moving on with your life. That’s when I created this workbook. Because it provides an affordable way to pass on my knowledge. It will be like having a hands on clutter clearing coach sitting right beside you.

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So here it is! The Be Clutter Free Workbook for just £9.99

Here are some of the questions you may have (but be sure to email me with any other questions you may have.)
Ali, do you teach a very ruthless method of decluttering?
I am quite a gentle person. What I do in the workbook is gently guide you and then you will quickly see how easy it is once you get going. Once you get started you will see the benefits for yourself. There is no need for ‘a firm hand.’ The process is designed for you to follow at your own pace with no bully tactics. You will do it because you want to and not because I’m telling you to.

Doesn’t decluttering take a very long time?
It can do. It depends on the extent of your problem. If you are organised and motivated it can get done very quickly indeed. The most important thing is to get started on the most important areas first. The areas that really cause you the most problems. Once you start to see results in these areas the rest just feels really, really easy.

Why do you say that decluttering can be done in ten minutes a day? Surely you need longer that that?
The point is that an awful lot can be done in ten minutes. Sometimes when you are overwhelmed or scared of something you might not be able to face more than ten minutes of it at a time. And that is fine. Later on when people start to feel the benefits they often charge ahead and spend longer periods sorting out their clutter. And that is fine too. No matter how much you do it will release lots of amazing energy in your life!

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