~ Put your well-being at the bottom of your to-do list?
Everyday practices are the habits and routines that help you become – and stay – organized, productive, and healthy.
Everyday practices help you clear the clutter – excess stuff, inefficient actions, unnecessary tasks, unhelpful thoughts – and keep it away. When you take small steps toward the changes you desire in your life, they build upon one another and create bigger, lasting changes. For example, devoting an afternoon to decluttering and organizing your closet can help you save time and stress getting dressed in the morning. However, if you don’t have a laundry routine or the habit of putting away your clean clothing, the benefits you gained from your efforts with disappear in a week or two.
Habits are the secret sauce to accomplishing your goals
If you think that habits will make you boring and predictable or will take too much time and energy to form, consider that researchers have learned that more than half of human behavior – how we think, what we say, and what we do – is habitual.
So, why waste time, energy, and attention debating your decisions and actions – now or later, this or that? Build a better life – organized, productive, and healthy – by designing better habits. Starting today.
Hi, Susan here, starting in the second half of 2020, I’m tilting the focus of A Less Cluttered Life from being primarily about decluttering and organizing to being about the habits that help you become and stay organized (and productive, and healthy). This means that I’ll be writing new articles about how you can develop the most effective habits while also decluttering or revising older articles.
I love learning about habits, perhaps perversely because I’m so horrible at making and keeping habits. It’s not surprising that according to habits and happiness writer Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies metric that I’m a Rebel. (This isn’t as exciting as it sounds – it means that I resist both outer and inner expectations with the frustrating motto, “You can’t make me, and neither can I.”) As a teacher for over 26 years, I’ve discovered that one of the best ways for me to learn something is to teach it. So, expect some articles about me trying to get out of my own way and create positive change in my life – plan projects, finish those projects, stick to a schedule, stop welcoming in distractions, make more time for hobbies, eliminate the habit of eating a day’s worth of calories most evenings, get better at putting things away, stop saying “I’ll get to it later,” ditch the hobby (er, habit) of putting myself down, and so on.
While my exact actions may not work for you, I’ll show you how to create the habits that are right for you.