The Junk Inside

The majority of times we engage in conversation about getting rid of junk, we are referring to the excess stuff we have neglected, hoarded, abused, or otherwise not needed, in our homes and businesses. Recently, I’ve begun to view organizing the junk in our minds as a precursor to successfully dealing with the other junk in our lives, including what’s lying about the house.

As a self-proclaimed recovering control freak myself, I can relate to the following mind game:  “I have to deal with that junk pile in the corner of the basement, but first I must plant the garden, re-organize my photos, and plan a housewarming!” Everything must be done in its turn, right?

Face it. It’s just procrastination.

Seldom do we tackle our junk piles with relish, unless the in-laws are arriving in an hour and the contents look suspiciously like last year’s holiday gifts… 

If unfinished or non-started tasks are nagging on your mind, perhaps it’s time to clear the junk inside. That means coming up with a plan of action to prioritize your daily, weekly, and monthly tasks so that dealing with that junk pile does not become an annual, procrastination-ridden pain!

Here are some simple tips that I’ve picked up that have helped tremendously to keep me on track:

  1. Write down a list of everything that you need to get done
  2. Segment the list into categories of your life, such as home, business, family, personal
  3. Prioritize each segment, realistically
  4. Assign resources required to get the task done
  5. Set a date goal by which the task can be completed, again, realistically

If it’s junk you’re thinking of imagine the space empty of junk! Imagine creating something exciting and new! Or imagine just having that empty, space back again! If it’s a dead-end relationship, imagine your life with a little more liberty!

Affirmations can be powerful tools to enable change because they originate on the inside, and we know that what we think inside mirrors what we live on the outside.

Good luck with your new and improved mind games. Meantime, if you’d like to explore these ideas further, you will enjoy reading 10 Ways To De-clutter Your Mind and Not Just Your Junk Drawer, by Debra Kasowski, Founder/CEO of The Millionaire Woman.

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