Know All the Types of Clutter to Create the Change You Want.
A conversation with a business leader made me want to share more on “What is Clutter”. He was asking me to speak at a business event to share some tips on how clutter affects productivity in business, great subject I thought. So I questioned him further on what he thought the audience would most like to hear about, being such a broad subject. Once I explained the different forms of clutter and how it moves into our lives, he was a little surprised by the breadth and depth of the subject matter. I was really excited by the response of the audience at the Nifnex Success Academy and how most have never thought about clutter and productivity in this way.
Now I share with you, what is clutter and what everyone needs to know to move it out. Don’t despair though, knowing and identifying the types of clutter that have a hold on you will open the opportunity for change and for you to live with freedom and ultimate productivity.
Starting with the most obvious of what clutter is to us all is the things that fill our spaces in our homes, on our desk at work and any horizontal surface. Although we are used to this category of clutter it still has a significant hold on even the most organised. The biggest reason this type of clutter won’t go away easily is that it can be tied down with heavy feelings of guilt, shame, regret and unfilled promises, particularly where paperwork is concerned. Paperwork clutter is the biggest physical clutter culprits, is draining to deal with and always time consuming.
What is clutter can not be explained without exploring the most dangerous of all to productivity, the clutter we fill our diary and calendar with.Because Time is the only resource we cannot change, it is finite. Developing effective habits around tasks and appointments is the key, what are you filling your to do list and diary with? Developingclear goals is essential to keep time clutter at bay, daily checking in on your plan of action and next steps to the reach goal.
This clutter is normally unseen until you need something fast! Our capacity for digital clutter seems endless and that’s where trouble occurs. Are you drowning in digital information overload? I know I am, and maybe I’m adding to it right NOW! But I hope this little snap shot of What is Clutter will help you reconsider your next download.
Every day there is about 2.5 quintillion bytes of data being produced that’s 2.5 with 18 zeros. An estimated 94 percent of all data is in digital format and 90 percent of all data ever produced by humans has been made in the 2 years prior to 2015. Four years ago the World Wide Web contained approx. 500 Exabyte’s or 5 billion gigabytes. By 2020 experts predict data to exceed 40 zettabytes that’s 400 billion gigabytes! To find more info on Big Data see a great Infographic from Adeptia
Digital clutter and how it affects productivity if not already will become a major factor for businesses and households.
The last major sector of clutter to influence your productivity. The type of thought clutter we see all the time are self-reminders, I mustn’t forget to….. , worrying about future events, the “I should be doing ….”, destination syndrome thought clutter of “when I have or become x,y or z I’ll be happy/successful”.
Thought clutter has the ability to completely overrun us and take away from our productivity and the desires to reach your goals. Create awareness around thoughts that distract you. When you catch thought clutter in process and gauge how often it’s occurring you can set up strategies to counter act it.
Try turning off alerts on your phone and email while working on high level thinking tasks or planning. Use notebook or app to record the random thoughts at any moment, even a bedside table notebook is very helpful, I know because I use one too.