Take Time for Your Life with Cheryl Richardson

A high-quality life has a lot more to do with what you remove from your life than what you add to it.

If you don't believe me, stop right now and look around the room. Is there an area that needs to be freed from clutter? A bookcase stacked with unread magazines? Piles of paper everywhere? If you're like most people, you've probably been meaning to get to that clutter for a while. Notice what happens in your body and in your head when you focus on that area. Does the visual mess leave you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted? When you finally get around to eliminating these energy drains, you clear a space for the things that are really important to you—and may actually find those things being drawn more effortlessly into your life.

OK, enough convincing. Let's get started. This week, pick one area that could use some cleaning out and challenge yourself to throw away more than feels comfortable. Take an hour during the afternoon to pull out a filing cabinet drawer and weed out old files. Tackle a closet that's been driving you nuts. Or clean off the hard drive on your computer. Remember, creating space is less about rearranging the clutter and more about training yourself into a “when in doubt, throw it out” mentality.

When you're done, sit in front of the cleared space for at least five minutes. Notice how you feel. This combination of feeling relaxed and energized is what opens you up to focus on new priorities.

Cheryl Richardson

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Cheryl Richardson is an author, professional speaker, and former tax advisor. She is the co-creator of the Body and Soul conferences sponsored by New Age magazine, and the former vice-chairman of Inte...

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