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What Room Do You Need to Clear Out?

Posted by David A. Couper, MA on August 07, 2014 12:30 PM

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This past month has been one of clearing out for me. After about six months out of my house after a flood, I moved back in. I was surrounded by 400 boxes and realized I need to pare down and cut back. 

I donated a truckload of furniture, ornaments, pictures and books. I threw out things which I hadn’t used, were broken, or were just past their sell-by-date. I even tackled the attic where things had been packed up for eight years. It was amazingly freeing to release those things. There is space to breathe. It makes things possible.

I also found that I have shed some pounds as I have been eating better and doing more exercise. Again, I felt lighter and more comfortable in my own skin. It gave me new opportunities.

Even in business it can be very liberating to divest ourselves of things we don’t need. In this book “The 4-Hour Workweek”, Tim Ferris talks about how he was spending 80% of his time with 20% of the client base.  He realized that these few people were causing a lot of his headaches. Can we learn from this?  Where can we cut back and focus on what is important? What attic do we need to sort out?

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