Turn it Into a Challenge

Turn it Into a Challenge

If you turn cleaning up into a game, you can make the process fun.

It may sound ridiculous, but this strategy really works, especially if you're a competitive person.

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Don't Beat Yourself Up

This down-on-yourself attitude gets in the way of actually cleaning up. Even small changes can make a big difference.

Accept that you'll never be perfectly neat. And that' s ok.

Stay Near Organized People

They’re really helpful resources.

Maybe your super organized co-worker will share the rules she sets up in her inbox. Or maybe try setting up a calendar with a neat co-worker that you both share to keep yourself accountable.

Get Rid of Your Stuff

Once in a while make sure you do a big purge: donate and recycle the stuff that no longer fits you or you don't use anymore.

Don't get too sentimental. It's the only way to a tidier you.

Every single item that you own should have a place, wether is a business card, a snack or an email.

This will reduce significantly the clutter of your life.

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Being Messy Works

While most of us strive towards neatness, being super organized and tidy isn’t always possible. Being unorganized and messy, on the other hand, comes easy to most. 

Studies are pointing out a link towards being messy and being creative, with chaos and clutter fostering new connections and creative insights.

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Feeling lazy

Some people do the least to get just enough benefit. They can work hard, but only for a short amount of time. They always procrastinate with everything from cleaning to their job.

Doing the bare minimum at the last minute isn't lazy. It is a choice.

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Think About It

Acting without first reflecting can make things worse. Regularly reviewing how you spend your time will give you insight into how you got to your present state, how to move forward strategically, and how you work best in general.

Make time for quiet reflection or journaling. Think about or write what stresses you, why something isn’t working, or when during the day you’re most productive. 

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