Declutter your life and feel more joy, less overwhelm
This year I’m on a quest to declutter and get more organized! I know I have three kids, a husband, a home and a business to take care of but if I want to do all these things well, I need to declutter my life and use my time wisely. This will ensure I focus on the things that will help me move forward and achieve my goals.
Decluttering is key if you want to feel motivated to do the things that matter.
Becoming an entrepreneur was a massive shift in mindset.
I’ve had to learn how to be my own boss and make my own rules. I now need to schedule time for everything in my life, including special time with my three girls.
When we come into this world, we are told what to do from a young age. We go to school and are told what to do daily, same goes for college and the same when we go and work for someone else! As humans, we are programmed to function with instructions and being told what to do. So when you become an entrepreneur and don’t have people telling you what to do anymore, it can get a little crazy. Especially if you don’t prioritize and organize your time properly.
So on my quest to become more organized I stumbled across an Instagram account focused on decluttering by @drcarolineiscovitz. Dr Caroline Iscovitz’s mission is to help others declutter their lives. And I don’t mean in the ‘come to your house and sort out your paperwork and wardrobe’ kind of decluttering, I’m talking about the kind of decluttering that helps you find more time to do the things you love, achieve your goals and organize all areas of your life.
Here is her story.
Dr Iscovitz has her doctorate in marriage and family therapy and was working as a marriage and family therapist intern but putting in way too many hours (and not being compensated for it). She didn’t know how to say ‘no’ and found herself getting burnt out by being overworked, overcommitting to things & people, not getting enough sleep, and just trying to juggle life outside of work. She also was in a toxic romantic relationship and had a roommate situation that wasn’t serving her well. It was time to do something about it. She didn’t want to sit back and watch life pass her by anymore whilst not being satisfied.
She thought to herself “I want more out of life, I don’t want to be in an office all day for the rest of my life…this can’t be it??? Time is so valuable, so why am I not out there helping more people and changing more lives?”
She wanted to use her skills as a therapist to help others declutter.
“Our energy is better spent in making a positive impact in our lives and everyone around us.”
So she started off her entrepreneurial journey as a life and health coach but then decided to become really specific about what she could help people achieve. And this idea has resonated with so many people (including me!). So we decided to collaborate and get this message out to as many people as possible!
Dr Iscovitz’s mission is clear. She wants to help others prioritize and optimize their time and not be so burnt out…she wants to help them declutter their lives.
So what does she recommend doing in order to declutter your life?
- Let go- Let go of anything that doesn’t serve you, especially with relationships. Having toxic energy around you is no good. You want people around you that add value to your life and not people that take it away from you. Get rid of the cynics, the unbelievers, the people who want to bring you down. Surround yourself with those people who believe in you, lift you up and give you a high five!
- Boundaries– Set very strong boundaries and don’t let people take advantage of you. Both in financial/work situations and in your relationships. Stand up for yourself.
- Break it down- Ok so you are not feeling on top of everything and can’t manage your time. Why is that?
- Organizing your time and priorities- Write down it and focus on one thing at a time. It’s amazing how spilling out everything that’s in your brain onto paper can make you feel less stressed and anxious.
- Learn to say NO!- Take a minute to pause before immediately saying yes. Are you overcommitting to something?
- Accountability- Have support to reach your goals and what you truly desire in life. Who can you ask to make sure you’re staying on track?
- Mindset- Focus on the positive. Try and find gratitude in your day instead of complaining about everything that goes wrong.
- Delegating- Ask for help, don’t do it alone. This is hard to do! You want things done right and you know they will be done better if you just do it yourself. However, letting this go and letting people help will ultimately help you in the long run.
- Delayed Decision Making- Learn to trust your gut, stop second guessing yourself.
Who’s ready to declutter their lives? I know I am!