Did you know that Make Up Your Mind day is on December 31st? Until recently, I didn’t either.
We all have more to-dos to do than we can do! And guess what happens when someone asks us to do something? We tend to say yes! Few people feel able to say no, even when they already are overextended. Then later we may regret some of those hasty agreements. (It really is OK to say no sometimes.)
Do you know why those annoying piles of Stuff keep popping up? Because things are homeless: they have no homes so you don’t know where to put them. You say to yourself, “I’ll put this here for now and I’ll put that over there for now.” The piles multiply. According to Barbara Hemphill, organizational expert, clutter (especially paper) is postponed decisions.
To sharpen making-up-your-mind skills, here are 6 tips:
1. On December 31, sit quietly for a moment and think about the types of things that require your decision
2. Think about your decision-making skills and process
3. Think about the quality and pace of your life
4. Make up your mind about the types of requests you should agree to do/not do in the future
5. Make up your mind about where all your Stuff should go
6. Make up your mind about how to effectively handle paperwork, particularly mail
Having a clear picture of how you want to live your life — and how your home should look and function — makes it much easier when you need to make up your mind about something. Make decisions that are right for you!
Quote of the Month
Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest. ~Mildred Lisette Norman (a.k.a. Peace Pilgrim)