Tips to Declutter and Maximize Life
Use the 80/20 principle.
This principle is covered in the four hour work week and there is a book written on the subject. Basically, it can be expressed like this. 80% of your stress comes from 20% of your life. So figure out how to eliminate it! 80% of your money comes from 20% of what you do, so figure out what that is and eliminate the rest so you can focus on what matters. On and on it goes.
Trash or archive old digital files.
Think about it. You don’t really need them. What are you scared of? Everytime you go looking for a file and you can’t find it because you have so many ill named files... add up all that time and compare it to the value of holding on to files you don’t need anymore.
Give something away everyday.
This is pretty easy. Find something you think is cool or useful around your desk office, house or car that you actually never use, and give it away! Make a social media post about it. “Free to someone who loves it!” Watch your friends gain appreciation for you as you give them things they really value and love, whereas you just had a romantic idea that you really valued and loved it.
Control your communications.
The old farts were somewhat right. Being able to contact anyone at any moment is not the best thing for us. Being able to instantly distract someone from whatever they might be doing on a whim is pretty irresponsible and inconsiderate. Make time blocks where you communicate in various channels. i.e. email at specific times of the day for specific blocks of time, only check your facebook or instagram or whatever else you use at certain times as well and also set a timer or something to stop you from endlessly scrolling.
Turn off notifications.
Turn off every notification you can on your computer and phone and stop letting apps control your attention! YOU choose when to pay attention to something and not the other way around. (Notice the words PAY ATTENTION, your attention is a currency and that ‘s how apps view it, that is why they created notifications., so they can get you to pay them more!)
Have fun and remember, if it really brings value to your life, it's not clutter!