Getting Things Done:
3 Things You Must Clear Out to Lead An Abundant Life
Part of living a truly abundant life is realizing that there’s more than enough to go for everyone.
Hoarding junk (whether it be mental or physical) logically goes against the abundance mindset in more than one way.
While reading David Allen’s wonderful book on time management, Getting Things Done, I found a small little gold nugget (among many) that will not only increase your productivity but also help to reinforce this belief within your mind.
GTD is not just about time management techniques (although they have worked very well for me so far).
Allen’s system is both practical and philosophical.
You can even say that it’s also borderline spiritual depending on how you choose to interpret it.
Though simple, the concept of “cleaning out your inboxes” encompasses these three domains.
Why is cleaning out your inbox so important?
According to David Allen, every time you begin something and never finish it, you start an open loop.
Each time you’re not decisive and refuse to close each one of these open loops it becomes a little energy drain.
Eventually, you have so many open loops going on at the same time in the back of your mind that well; the little beasties get together and make up a huge energy-draining monster.
If you truly want control over your life and your mind in order to manifest more abundance, you must make the decision to “clean out your inboxes” by closing up as many of these open loops as possible.
In this article, I will give you 3 very important open loops you must close up in your life if you want to live more abudantly.
1) Clean Up Your Inbox Folder
Like with most habits, it’s good to start small.
Go to your main e-mail inbox folder and proceed to systematically empty every message out of it. What I did is that I opened 3 extra folders, one for receipts, another one for letters I’d like to keep (“Other”) and a third one (“Finish”) for stuff I had to get back to (unanswered e-mails, etc).
I deleted the rest of the messages.
It helps to ask yourself “Do I keep this? Do I trash it? Do I have to finish this?” as you go through with the task.
Don’t stop until your inbox folder is completely clean. It took me three hours, but in the end, the feeling was definitely special.
In 2 hours, I went from having 1690 bits of unfinished junk to 0. I felt like I’d lost 10 lbs when I was done.
2) Clean Up Your Junk Drawers
Now that you have some ‘virtual’ experience, time to move on to bigger things.
First, either get three boxes (no need to get fancy and get those office boxes they give you before you move out—use whatever you can, I used plastic shopping bags the first time I did this) or two boxes and a trash can.
Second, pick your favorite junk drawer and go through the same process. Once you’re finished, pick your second junk drawer, and so forth.
I don’t want to ruin the experience for you, just try it and see what it feels like. It’s truly an exercise on decision-making and discipline.
3) Clean Up Your Closets
Let’s make this a little bit tougher.
Carry your bags/boxes over to your closet and go through the process again. The major change I want you to make this time is to add an extra container to the mix and label it “Donate.” You will find that some stuff you want to get rid of may be used by other people who actually need it.
Best of all, if you donate it to places such as The Salvation Army, you can also get a nice tax deduction for it, a nice reward for helping your community out.
Once you’re finished with these three “little” steps, feel free to go on to bigger things.
Feel free to de-junk your garage or whatever you use as your official “junk-gathering” area (attics, portable storage devices, etc.) or even your house.
Why not ride the wave while you’re on it!
If you’re disciplined enough to get through this process, you may wonder why you never actually did this beforehand. I know I did.
In a way, I see the concept of “cleaning up your inboxes” as being very similar to the process of releasing.
(I’ve already mentioned the importance of releasing in another article on my site www.abundancementality.com.)
The feeling of release and control that I got out of letting go of my own personal junk was truly one of the most spiritually-revealing moments of my adult life.
I realized that by holding on to the junk, not only was I sabotaging my abundance mindset by not being decisive enough, but also refusing to change and move forward.
I’m personally working on de-junking EVERY single inbox in my life (my car, desk, book shelves, etc.). Although it’s time-consuming, the process has proven to be definitely rewarding. If anything, I feel more relaxed and “on-the-ball” than usual and that alone is worth whatever I paid for the book.
While this article has been extremely action-based, it would be awesome if you shared your experience after doing this by leaving some comments below. I would love to read them!
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