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Clutter Can Hold You And Your Business Back

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I purchased a new computer at the weekend. A faster more updated one. My current PC was getting slow as I was working on more and more client’s sites and opening lots of different applications.

Things were just taking a bit longer than I wanted and it was frustrating.

Problem: I now have to transfer all my applications and data across. It will take me a while to do that.

Solution: I’m going to dedicate an hour a day to getting my new PC up and running.

And I thought it will help me organize my new PC right from the start and I’ll only transfer exactly what I need.

This thought got me thinking some more.

I am surrounded by clutter.

My current PC is full of clutter – old files, documents and products.

My book-shelf is full of clutter…books I’ve read and will never read again. Books I’ve purchased on a whim and will never read.

I have old CD’s, tapes, DVDs’, a cupboard full of wires, damaged computer bits, headphones that don’t work…just stuff lying around filling my life with CLUTTER!

And guess what clutter does?

Distract you!

Well it does me!

Not only does it distract me, it is always at the back of my mind, that I need to do something about it.

The Knock-on Effect

By buying my new PC, it has made me think more about clearing out the clutter.

Then by chance I came across this post by the hugely popular Johnny B. Truant:

Latest trials update, and how I easily saved over a grand per month

During the month of May, Johnny has been getting rid of clutter in his life by giving away, throwing away, selling, cancelling…10 things each day.

I thought it was such a great idea and I’m going to do the same for each day in the rest of July…starting today.

And today’s junk is…cables!


I have a big box of cables and I went through them and got rid of quite a few.

Now…they’ve GONE and I feel so much better.

Wonder what I can get rid of tomorrow?

P.S. I’m actually looking forward to it!



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13 Responses to Clutter Can Hold You And Your Business Back

  1. Musthafa July 14, 2011 at 6:53 am #

    After reading this post I have found the special trick which are going to help in my life Thanks for the great post

    • Andrew July 14, 2011 at 8:44 am #

      Musthafa

      I’m glad it is going to help.

      What are you going to get ris of?

      Andrew

  2. Nella July 14, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    Oh my! I have exactly the same problem, clutter all over the house, my whole life is full of clutter. In my kitchen drawers, on the shelves, in my computer, on my desk, on my i-pod, phone, in my children’s rooms 😀 I have huge problems with cables and wires that keep getting tangled up all the time as soon as I touch one of them.

    I really need to be doing something about it. The only problem is when I start tidying up, I put away one thing and three others appear immediately. Man, it is hard not giving up…

    I agree with you cleaning up and throwing some old stuff away make you feel GOOD!

    • Andrew July 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

      Nella

      Just start…that’s my advice.

      Tackle one room, one draw…at a time. Be ruthless and throw away stuff you have not used in the past 6 months.

      Go for it.

      Andrew

  3. Susane D July 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Hey, Andrew! I hear you with the clutter, I hate it, too. I have found recently a cool tool to help me focus on writing and avoid distractions. It makes whole screen black and you only see what you type (and the word count if you want to).

    It is called Write Room (I’m on Mac), but there are several of them out there. Some are free and some are in the $30 range. I can avoid distractions much better now, as otherwise I jump all the time on Facebook, mail, forums and so on….
    Susane

    • Andrew July 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

      Susane

      My distractions are not really from what is happening on my computer…it’s what is all around me!

      Sounds like a good tool, though.

      Andrew

  4. Timo Kiander July 14, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    Andrew,

    You are right, the less there is clutter, the less there is distraction.

    There is so much clutter around us nowadays. In this modern world the clutter is also more and more in digital form.

    I think that it is a great idea that you decided to get rid of stuff that you don’t need anymore.

    Me and my wife do this every year (at least once a year): We go through our closets and other places and get rid of stuff we don’t need.

    It’s just amazing, how much lighter you feel after doing some decluttering 🙂

    Timo

    • Andrew July 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

      Timo,

      After I finish replying to comments here I will be tackling another go at decluttering. It will be my fourth day and I am looking forward to it!

      Andrew

  5. Dennis Edell July 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    I know how you feel my friend, my office and bedroom are one in the same. The clutter is very depressing, and really does lower productivity.

    • Andrew July 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

      So, you going to do something about it, Dennis?

      Andrew

      • Dennis Edell July 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

        Soon. The clutter on my computer itself comes first.

  6. SEO Los Angeles August 1, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    De-cluttering is great, but for me it’s really hard to get rid of things like that! I wouldn’t say I *never* throw anything away, and I’m not classified as a hoarder or anything (yet) but I do have WAY too much stuff laying around. Maybe I need to get a new computer so that I will be pushed into getting rid of some of it like you were! 😉

    • Andrew August 2, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

      It is worth doing…all that clutter is distracting!

      Andrew

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