We recently moved into a brand new home we’ve had built. Everyone who comes to the house says how spacious it feels yet it’s much smaller than our previous home. We have either sold, given away or thrown away so much ‘stuff’ that used to adorn our floors and walls and in cupboards. And that has extended to our offices. The result is a home that flows. It’s easy to take care of, and more time and space to be creative, reflective and actually more productive. How much clutter or ‘stuff’ is around you at home and work?
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or beautiful” William Morris
From Clutter to Clarity
Physical clutter is similar to our minds. More thinking doesn’t necessarily mean more productivity. A typical day for leaders may include back-to-back meetings with colleagues, clients and/or employees. Couple this with all the phone calls, emails and other distractions, just how much of your day is actually productive? Maybe it’s time to take control of your day and make sure you do have the important one-on-one time with yourself! It only takes a moment of clarity to have a powerful insight or idea.
“When we slow down our habitual thinking, we allow the mind to work the way it is meant to work.” Sydney Banks
Spring and Autumn - Clean Your Mind!
At Chinese New year families make sure they spring clean prior to welcoming in the New Year. In the western world there is the tradition of ‘spring cleaning’ our homes. A year is a long time to build up more clutter. Whilst still enjoying summer in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s also time to prepare for winter and have an ‘autumn clean’. Starting with you, how much ‘stuff’ do you have on you mind about last year or last month? How much of your thinking is past its use by date and how much of that thinking is causing you stress?
Fresh Thinking – New Insights
For the next few days just notice how many times thoughts about a past situation or an event dominate your thinking. They may be triggered by a person or situation – however they appear notice the Feeling that goes with the thoughts. Do you feel relaxed or tense? Do you want to shout with joy or shout with anger? Whichever kind of feeling you have, it is providing you with the alert antenna as to the way you are thinking about whatever, or whoever it is - in that moment. You then have the freedom to have even more unhelpful thoughts about the event or person, or just drop them. When you choose the latter that creates the opportunity for fresh thinking and new insights.
“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” ? Mahatma Gandhi