More so than usual as we exit 2020 and enter the new year most of us are looking forward to letting go and leaving behind anything that no longer serves our purpose. This may include physical stuff that we clean out of closets and drawers, digital information overload, and the clutter of thoughts stored in our mind. Clutter drains our energy, stifles creativity, and leads to loss of focus and productivity. Now is a good time to purge what you no longer need and only retain the possessions, information and thoughts that serve your purpose, and more importantly bring joy to your life.
I recently realized that my extensive email filing system that I used to sort and store thousands of gigabytes of information a day for future use was an absolute failure. I was letting too much information in and getting lost in the noise from information overload. Following minimalist Joshua Becker’s advice, I realized that the first step in crafting a life that you want is to get rid of everything you do not want. After dramatically downsizing my digital footprint, I turned to Japanese de-clutter expert Marie Kondo and adopted the mantra that going forward I would only bring into my life possessions, information and thoughts that serve my purpose and bring joy to my life. After all, a joyful state of mind is much more attractive and productive than having an overburdened mind that is full of clutter.
Having difficulty letting go? Try playing your favorite feel-good music while you start decluttering and you will be surprised at how quickly you can let go of whatever it is that you were holding on to that no longer serves your purpose.