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Declutter Your Way To a More Productive Life

Want to live a more productive life? Declutter. Whether applied to your work environment, your home environment or both, some of you will be amazed at how easy it is to increase your productivity simply by lightening your load and triggering a productivity zone.

Decluttering Is More Than a Physical Activity

If you’ve ever taken a day to clear out a garage or an attic, then you know that decluttering isn’t just a physical activity, alone. But the act of detaching yourself from excess stuff that you no longer use is mentally liberating. Some of you are nodding your heads in agreement right now, because you know exactly what this feels like. You know the exhilaration that comes from clearing space in your home and how that accomplishment makes you hungry to conquer other tasks you’ve avoided for some time.

When I’m busy decluttering a zone in my home or office, I tend to think of Newton’s first law of motion:

An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

Yes, I know Newton wasn’t referring to me packing all of my used household items to get rid of them with the Gone! app, but I do know that the busy-ness that I start when barreling through a declutter session often spills over into other areas of my life. Once I’m up, moving and determined to finally complete a task I’ve put off for too long, it’s like my mind and body just want to continue moving forward and I’m ready to devour the other activities I’ve been avoiding over time.

Accept the Challenge

Try it. Set aside an hour or two in the next few days and challenge yourself to get rid of 10 items that you no longer need or use. Fully engage yourself in the challenge by not just identifying the items and placing them in a box or inside the trash bin, but follow through by taking a photograph and uploading them to the Gone! app. Tackle these 10 items in a single session and note the feeling that comes with being in that zone; a zone where you’re taking control of a situation, removing useless distractions, ending procrastination’s run and actually getting down to the business of being more productive.

When you’re done decluttering, don’t stop. Stay in that mental zone and work on another task you’ve been avoiding. Make that energy and that physical rush work for you. Stay in motion!

Decluttering is a liberating feeling and one that can spill over into so many other areas of your life. No matter how neat and organized we are, we all have something to get rid of– just like we all have distractions which keep us from being more productive. This is especially true for everyone reading this or why else would you be here? Whatever led you to this blog and whatever curiosities you have about the Gone! app, we hope you take this advice to heart and use it to increase your productivity right away.

We Want to Hear From You

Do you have any experience with increasing productivity by decluttering? Do you have questions about how the Gone! app can help you with the process? Before you go, please drop your thoughts in the comments section and remember to share this post with someone who can use it.

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