Email Overload

I realized a while back that I was on the receiving end of WAY too many emails.  Items that were simply cluttering my inbox, and I’d spend an hour getting lost in digging through the stuff I really wanted to read and review.

I saw a program the other day that organizes your email for you, based on your usage and history.  So upon investigation it showed that it would sort my emails based on important and not important “junk” to get to later.  It got me thinking.  If it was “junk” then why on earth was I even receiving it? Rather than spending the money on this service, or even signing up for the free trial, I decided to do something else.

I call it the magical unsubscribe button. Usually towards the bottom of all emails a simple couple of clicks and boom, you’re done, no more emails to sort from that sender.

We already fill our heads with so much noise, that we need to learn how to lighten that load.   Not only with emails, but with situations and life in general.  We can unsubscribe to anything we want! Drama, energy vampires, friends who aren’t really friends, parties and functions we don’t really want to attend, television, Facebook pages and groups that don’t make your heart sing. You name it, you can have it make a quick exit from your life.  You just have to choose.

What can you unsubscribe to, to help clear up your mind?

Operation Workspace

I have come to learn that my productivity and emotional wellness is directly related to how peaceful I keep my workspace.

Since I am blessed with a laptop, I can set up shop anywhere. Typically, I work at my desk in my office but when I need to change gears or rooms for whatever reason, I have a little space set up in my kitchen.  That’s the picture I’ve included here.   It has some of my favourite things placed so that I can see them while I sit and work away.  When I need a quick break I simply look to the corner and see all these things and instantly feel peaceful and calm.

Think about it this way, when you look at an operating room, what do you see? You see the tools and instruments that the surgeon needs.

Now, I’m not suggesting you sit with only 1 pen, 1 piece of paper and your laptop, but definitely clean out the stuff you don’t need laying around and within your view. As I’ve done, I have my space very much like an operating room, but of course added a few “Coach Heather Touches”, that make it more personal and welcoming.

So, if you are struggling to focus, feel productive, or simply get things done that need your attention, you may need to take a look around. Do you have piles of paper cluttering your area?  Do you have dishes, laundry, or junk piled up? Files? Folders? An “in tray” that looks like a trash pile?  It might be time to consider decluttering and making your space work for you.

Resolutions

Commitment

Everyone becomes so excited to start new things, regardless of the time of year, but especially at this time of year.  There are what seems to be typical seasons and reasons for people who desire to make changes.

Sometimes it’s because they have an upcoming event, like a reunion or a wedding.  January is the start of the new year, April is the start of oh crap it’s almost bathing suit season, September of course is holy crap bathing suit season is over and I need to stop eating BBQ food.  Stop stop stop!!!

Stop making all of these external reasons and seasons be your “WHY” behind what it is you’re resolving to do.  Whether it’s a fitness regime, a nutrition plan or to tap into some unsettled emotional issues that you’d like to feel better about.

You must commit to yourself, for reasons that are deep within YOU. Otherwise you’ll give up.  I promise you, you’ll cave.  You know how I know this? Because for YEARS I have given up.  I’ve tried so work on changing or bettering many different things for reasons that were external to me that I have lost count!

As the image states, commitment means staying loyal long after the mood has left you.  Guess what? The mood is going to leave you.  You’re going to get frustrated, you’ll be upset, some days you’ll just say who cares!  But, if you maintain your commitment by knowing that your moods will pass and accept them as what they are, simply part of the process of your journey, then, you’ll be able to achieve anything.

Peace and Love always.