I don’t need to tidy!

February 6, 2016 by Blog No Comments


I don’t need to tidy!

The Law of Attraction tells us that “like attracts like” the idea that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life. If you physically make space for somethTo-Do Listing new, you can also psychologically make space for new things to come into your life.

I completely buy in to this theory so was intrigued by my resistance to an invitation to de-clutter as part of a goal setting exercise which I was undertaking with my lovely fellow Bird Table coaches.  I had set my goals and was systematically and efficiently taking action to move towards them and no amount of clutter in my office was going to stop that.

So why was I resisting tidying? Because it’s not “proper” work and business development stuff which actually feels like it’s moving me towards my goals?  Yes…and because it clashes with a core value of having fun and a belief that while I’m tidying I’m missing out on having fun or doing something meaningful.

So what would happen if I stopped ruminating about why I wasn’t doing it and just did it?

3 hours later….

Tidying, as it turns out, can be very satisfying. Three hours of de-cluttering, filing, creating new files and dusting surfaces I haven’t seen for a long while felt good and really did feel like clearing space for new things to come into my life.

I had rebelled against a non-existent implication that my efficiency was being compromised by my clutter and most importantly a deep seated belief that life is too short to spend it tidying (not always a helpful belief, so it seems)!

Just as mindfulness helps us eliminate distractions and focus on the present, de-cluttering can help focus the mind. My “organised” piles of paper, without realising, had been causing me to flit from task to task rather than focus on one task at a time. Having a clear desk and a clear daily action list has helped me focus and be more productive with my time.

Watch out for my next blog on resistance….