Steps to Declutter Your Space Without Overwhelm

Having a cluttered space, whether it’s your office desk or your home (or both) can feel overwhelming. If you have stuff everywhere and no idea of what you have, it can feel impossible to deal with and out of control.

Here are some tips to help you take back control of your space and declutter.

1. Commit to a Goal

Part of the overwhelm is due to the feeling you have to deal with all the stuff straight away. You don’t. You just need a plan and a commitment to sort and throw away a reasonable amount of stuff every day. Once you do your daily ration, you’ll feel so much better because you’re getting on with it in a systematic way.

2. Do a Clean Sweep

Take a box of garbage bags and do a walk through your home and just pick up anything that’s garbage like circulars, newspapers, wrappers. With the trash out of the way, you can get on with the real decluttering.

3. Do one room or area at a time.

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How to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

To cultivate an attitude of gratitude, we have to take time from our busy day and remember to give thanks for all the blessings that keep coming our way on a daily basis. Gratitude keeps us focused on what we have rather than all the things we don't have, which keeps us in a victim mentality.

We may not realize that gratitude is a choice and that it doesn't come easily to many of us. Most of us were taught as children to say "thank you" when someone gave us a present or did something nice for us. But after a while, “thank you” can become quite glib unless we learn ways to cultivate the attitude of gratitude. Practicing gratitude is also a skill which is never too late to develop.

Here are some things to keep in mind to develop an attitude of gratitude:

Express Gratitude

When you are grateful for the things that you have and express gratitude, it takes it to another level and opens the door to feeling optimistic. Optimism is a skill that can be cultivated and one of the...

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8 Popular Books to Help You Achieve Your Goals

Every year more and more books and guides are published on how to help you achieve your goals. Some focus on particular areas like losing weight, giving up sugar, or setting up your own business. Others have a personal development approach to building a more positive mindset or changing destructive behavior patterns. Many authors share their own experiences of overcoming adversity or dealing with setbacks to create a successful life.

Here are some of the most popular books by authors who are leaders in their field.

  1. The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success & Happiness, Jeff Olson
    Olsen’s book encourages you to change your mindset and make daily choices that help you reach your goals. Creating small daily habits adds up to major life changes.

  2. Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits—to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life, Gretchen Rubin.
    Rubin is a happiness expert. Her book...
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Best Apps for Staying Organized

There are so many apps for your smartphone, computer, and tablet that will help you stay in control of your life. Here are a few of the most recommended apps.

  1. KonMari
    The Queen of organization and decluttering, Marie Kondon, inventor of the KonMari method, has an official app to help you stay on top of your tidying. Exclusively for iPhones, this app includes a supportive community, exclusive news, checklists and a progress dashboard. The checklists will help you track your progress as you tidy the five key categories of the KonMari method: clothing, books, papers, komono or miscellaneous, and sentimental items.

    Future features include a connection to KonMarie Certified Consultants in your area to help and support you. http://konmari.com/products/app/

    2. Procrasterapp
    The Procrasterapp helps you outsmart yourself. Maybe you find yourself making lists you don’t use, or downloading organization apps that you don’t open, or intending to be more organized but never actually...
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Benefits of Getting Organized

Getting organized is not just a good idea because your mom said so. There are lots of benefits to being in control and developing a clutter-free lifestyle.

  1. Less stress
    When organized you are automatically less stressed, you know where your keys, wallet, important papers, phone charger and phone are. Similarly, if your project plan is up to date and you complete your reports on time, there’s no need to worry about on-the-spot requests for project updates or meetings.
  2. More time
    Planning your time and keeping up-to-date means you can allocate time for everything in your life, including downtime. Being organized means, you won’t get sidetracked or panicked by not being able to find important items. You’ll be punctual and more productive.
  3. Ready for the unexpected
    You can be prepared for last-minute requests or deadlines because you’re not distracted by untidiness or the mental cloud of not being quite sure where things stand. That is true for everything from...
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4 Benefits of Being an Action Taker

Taking action is the most important step to success. No matter what you have in mind, it's impossible to predict the outcome unless you get started in the first place.

From launching a business to booking a trip and growing your income, it's all about taking action. Even though there is no guarantee that you'll succeed, you can never know unless you try.

Need more proof? Here are four benefits of being an action taker:

Encourages Empowerment and Learning

Action takers are constantly learning new things. They experiment with different strategies, brainstorm ideas, and innovate. When they fail, they learn from their mistakes. This loop improves their confidence and self-esteem while helping them develop the skills needed to succeed.

Actions Create Habits

New actions require new habits. For example, if you start your own business, you must commit to your clients and complete projects on time. That takes planning and preparation. Over time, you will become more organized and manage your...

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Behavior vs. Outcome-Based Goals

We all know that goal-oriented people are more successful, happier, and more productive. But setting and keeping goals is a skill, and like any skill, there’s a right way to do it. One thing you might find helpful is separating your goals into behavior-based and outcome-based models. There are a few differences between the two, and knowing which is which can be key.

Behavior-Based Goals

Behavior-based goals are typically changes you make to how you act. For instance, handling stress better, being nicer to others, and spending less time procrastinating are all examples of behavior-based goals. They focus on how you personally feel and behave, rather than just looking purely at the outcome of your actions.

Behavior-based goals play into outcome-based goals, but they aren’t the same. When you change how you think and feel, often you’ll notice a change in results. But that’s not the focus, it’s just a pleasant side-effect.

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Behavior-Based Goals 101

Setting goals isn’t complicated, but like everything else, there is a right and wrong way to go about it. Making goals to change your behavior -- whether it’s to decrease procrastination or be friendlier when you’re under stress -- can be a lot trickier than creating goals to change performance. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Focus on Future Performance

It’s cause and effect -- today’s behavior affects tomorrow’s performance. If you’re having trouble meeting a performance-based goal you’ve set for yourself, consider that you might need to change a behavior instead. For instance, many people set goals to increase productivity. But regardless of how fast you type, if you spend all morning surfing the web you’ll never meet your goal.

When it comes to behavior-based goals, your focus should be on future performance. Go out of your way executing your behavior-based goals, stay consistent, and really work hard on changing the...

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Reasons Why You Should Become an Action-Taker

What's stopping you from taking action? Is it fear? Perhaps you're waiting for the right break instead of making your opportunities in life? Or maybe you believe you're not smart or talented enough? These negative beliefs are holding you back.

There's a reason why so many intelligent people fail. They tend to overthink everything and are often afraid to take risks. If that's your case, here are some powerful reasons to become an action-taker:

Get Rid of Doubts

If you don't take action, you'll keep wondering What if? You will struggle with self-doubt and question your decisions. Taking action builds experience and boosts your confidence. It also allows you to discover new resources and information that will contribute to your success.

Your Time Is Limited

Steve Jobs once said that remembering you're going to die is the best way to stop thinking you have something to lose. Your time on this earth is limited. You never know what’s going to happen a month or a year from now on.

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Automate Your Life to Declutter Your Brain

If your life is starting to feel out of control, you can make things easier for yourself by automating your life. Small, routine tasks such as deciding what to eat and what to wear can occupy a lot of brain space. You can reduce the amount of brain space that’s taken up by putting these routine tasks on auto-pilot.

Sit down with a pencil and paper and think of the repetitive, but important decisions you don’t need to keep making every day. Here are some examples you can implement:

1. Wear a work "uniform"

Steve Jobs famously wore the same black turtlenecks every day, so he didn’t have to think about what to wear. Think of something simple and easy, a standard outfit or a capsule wardrobe of basics (preferably easily laundered and drip dry), so that’s one less decision or stress point in your day.

2. Streamline your breakfast options

The easiest option is to eat the same thing for breakfast every day, but you can also think of a limited menu. Muesli or...

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