Do you struggle with how do get things done in the course of a day? Do you have an overwhelming to do list that seems to only get longer rather than shorter? If you are like most people you answered yes to both of these questions.
When there are things in the past (or the present) that are undone, incomplete, or unresolved, these things are draining our energy and leaving us very little room to embrace great opportunities, relationships, wealth, and happiness. Excess things “clutter” accumulated over time can drain us of energy when having to work around this stuff. The goal is to clear the clutter and eliminate the things that sap our natural energy level so we can become more productive and more content with what we are able to accomplish.
Attempting to keep up with all the things on our plate creates a “mental clutter” as well. Mental clutter creates stress too and with stress our energy decreases. Like when we eat well, our energy increases. Stress is a major contributor to illness and disease and must be managed.
I find at times I allow myself to become stressed just thinking about all the things I need to do or want to do, which just creates the feeling as though I’m carrying a heavy burden on my shoulders. It is quite surprising to sit and think about where all the time in one day goes. Twenty four hours is really a lot of time. But on most days it hardly seems enough.
What are your energy zappers?
Here is an exercise I suggest to my health coaching clients to help identify energy zappers that affect what a person is able to accomplish. Give this exercise a fair chance.
Write down 50 or more things that you are currently tolerating in your life. Prioritize the list and begin to address each one until you’ve eliminated 80% of them. What a great way of clearing clutter. This can be very freeing and powerful so don’t resist doing it, but give it a chance. Several examples of energy zappers might be:
1) Fix the leaky faucet in the kitchen.
2) Mend the pile of clothes in the laundry room.
3) Go to bed by 11 PM.
4) Johnny is not keeping the pet’s water bowls full.
5) Get rid of clothes the children have out grown.
After creating the list of energy zappers, take one small task and tackle it, one at a time. Perhaps tackle the easiest, simplest first or take on a large project and work on it. See how many you can eliminate in one week. You might want to keep your list with you at all times as a reminder.
I also recommend that you organize and prioritize your to do list of energy zappers so you can quickly see which tasks would be the most beneficial and important to eliminate off your list. If you note the expected amount of time needed to complete a zapper this will save you time when making your selections. This could be accomplished several ways utilizing one or both of these:
- Group by priority: High Priority (1 or A), Medium Priority (2 or B), Low Priority (3 or C)
- Group by type: Business (broken down by various business ventures), Financial, Educational, Health, Family & Relational, Household, Auto, etc.
The main thing is make this work for you. This is your energy zappers to do list. The more things that get crossed off the higher your energy level will become and you’ll gain time for the really important things in your life. This is just one of the ways to manage stress in your life.
Get Rid of Clutter
Getting rid of clutter and what’s currently being tolerated tends to fall into one of these seven categories:
1. Do it.
2. Delegate it. (Assign it to someone else to do.)
3. Group it. (Getting a new job may eliminate several energy sappers.)
4. Outsource it. (Hire a personal assistant. Hire a virtual assistant to help with your business to do the things you don’t want to do or deal with.)
5. Donate it. (Get rid of it.)
6. Sell it. (List items to sell on Craigslist, eBay, Amazon, etc.)
7. Trash it. (Throw out anything not used in the past year. If annual type things and you don’t use within 2 years.)
How would you feel by letting go of clutter? How much more energy would you have after clearing the clutter from your life? Share your thoughts below.
To your good health,
PS: Next will be a continuation of this article – Getting Things Done – Manage To Do List.