Declutter to Refocus

From time to time, we find ourselves in a slump. We go through the motions, check off the most pertinent items on our to-do lists, and we get by. From the outside, you might never even know we were in a slump.

But we’re not moving forward.

We know it, even if we try not to think about it. The momentum is gone and the time for enjoying a respite has passed. The procrastination is no longer funny and restlessness has slowly morphed into discontent and maybe even a sense of urgency.

We know it’s time.

But how do we get moving again? Which direction do we go? Restarting an object that has come to rest requires more power and juice than what’s needed to just keep on. Inertia’s a bitch and that’s what you’re fighting when you’re faced with a slump.

Get rid of the excess.

When it’s time to refocus and kick things up a notch, I know I need to eliminate unnecessary distractions. This is when I let go of jobs that aren’t in line with my goals, cleaning out spaces both physical and mental. I break up, throw out, and release. I acknowledge what’s no longer working and start asking myself the hard questions about what takes up time and space in my life.

Does this contribute to the life I want to live and the person I want to be?

If the answer is no, I let it go.

Do you need to let go of anything?

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