Let’s slow down
Tell me…when did being extra-busy become a virtue?
We are all just too darn busy. And what’s worse is we are all so proud of it too. You know the conversations:
“I just don’t know where the time went…”
“I don’t know whether I’m coming or going…”
“My diary is chock-a-block for the next few months…”
“I don’t know how I’m going to get everything done…”
“Where do you find the time..?”
Conversations about our busyness can be very competitive. Could it be that we think the busier we are the better we are?
I am as guilty of this as anyone. I cram way too much into my day. I am unrealistic with what can be achieved, and am then disappointed when only a fraction of it is completed at the end of the evening. This only adds pressure to get more done the next day. How the heck do you get MORE done when your day is full-to-bursting to start with?
And you know what else? Being so busy has meant I have lost sight of the things I love to do. I forget to notice the good things in life and I know that this is not the way to live.
Getting rid of clutter includes the things that clutter up your day. Things that take up your time and add to your busyness. They could be unnecessary tasks, shopping trips, appointments or meetings. It is for this very reason that this month I gave up my gym membership. Holy cow! A really, really big decision for me (more about this in a future post). But stopping my membership means I no longer have to make the 20 minute drive each way. This has freed up 40 minutes of my day. Priceless.
Of course, getting rid of physical clutter can reduce your busyness too. My living room is a good example. Here’s the deal. I love to write, but I never seem to have enough time. I get easily distracted if there is tidying or washing or general housework to do, and I will always do that first. This is because I cannot write in a cluttered room. I can’t think, I can’t write, I just…can’t. But by the time I have made a tidy space to work in more often than not my window of time for writing is over.
So, I cleared the clutter in the living room. True, there wasn’t a lot to clear, but enough to make a difference. I emptied shelves and window sills. I scaled down the number of scatter cushions (it makes a difference, believe me!). I got rid of candles, photos, ornaments and books I no longer wanted. It doesn’t sound much and it didn’t take long. An hour tops. But, oh my goodness! What a transformation!
Now the room is easy and quick to clean. And even when it hasn’t been cleaned for a while it still looks neat and tidy. It means that I have an orderly room to write in anytime. I can shut the door on the rest of the house and think. Plus, the time I would spend cleaning it can now be spent writing or walking or being with the family – the important stuff that makes me happy. I can only imagine the extra time I would have to do the things I love if I could declutter the rest of the house. If you did the same, think of the time you would have to spend on the things you love.
I don’t want to spend my days cleaning, clearing, sorting, storing, buying and listing. Do you?
I have no desire to be busier than everyone else I know. Do you?
I have an idea!
Let’s slow down.