There is a simple universal truth. If things can accumulate they will.
Email piles up. And if you have more than one email. Yikes. I have more than five. It gets messy, quickly. Yes, I should probably delete one or more of my emails. Probably would make things more manageable.
Clutter piles up. Leaving messes in the open and stuffed inside of cupboards and closets and dressers and drawers.
Chores pile up if you don’t keep on top of them. And let’s face it, it can be hard to keep on top of them with the busyness of our lives. If you are working on building a business, small admin tasks can pile up.
This is the nature of things: they accumulate if you don’t tend to them.
So, you must tend to them. And often, so the piles that accumulate don’t become overwhelming.
What I found to be helpful is leaving blocks of time or making blocks of time in order to clear things out. Here are some ways to do this:
Take Time to Clear Things Out
- Take time at the end of the day to clear out your emails. If this has been neglected for a while then this might take longer than the end of each day to initially clear them up. After the initial cleanup, you should be able to keep your emails manageable if you tend to them daily.
- Take a day every week (or if that isn’t possible 2 or 3 half days) to get all of your admin tasks done.
- Use time on the weekend to tackle small chores that you weren’t able to get to during the week.
- A weekly review (Sunday is a great day since it is the start of the week). Use this weekly review to clear up all of your piles, update your to-do lists, and make sure everything is in order for the upcoming week.
Most of these will take less than an hour or up to an hour. Tasks that have been neglected for awhile might take several hours.
The problem is that we have a tendency to overschedule our lives. We pack our days full with meetings, calls, tasks, chores, appointments and other things that don’t leave any time tending to our lives.
And when we do have time, typically we fill it with our favorite distractions. And although that is fine, it’s also incredibly helpful to leave time tending to your life, to take care of things.
The mental health that results from tending to your life, clearing away the piles, and cleaning up the messes is incredibly replenishing, rewarding, and refreshing.