Let’s face it we all have been in a position when we should be doing something, but for whatever reason we just cannot bring ourselves to do it. We keep putting it off month after month or year after year. There are all types of adjectives that describe these feelings.
I described putting off writing a monthly newsletter as “writers block, apathy, or just in a funk”. Well whatever it was it worked. I didn’t write my newsletter one month and that lead to several other months of not writing! As a result, some of you who regularly receive my newsletter might have wondered if WITTZ END was still in business. The lack of a newsletter may not have directly hurt my business but indirectly I may have lost client referrals because I was not visibly and actively promoting my services. I might have missed opportunities that cannot be resurrected. Opportunities don’t wait and if you are not in the front of peoples mind you miss the opportunity.
Let me see if I can show you how this apathy or funk correlates to de-cluttering and downsizing.
De-cluttering and ultimately downsizing is something that is easy to postpone, ignore, or just talk about it. “I really need to . . .”, but we never get to it until we are under pressure. Many of us or our loved ones have passively ‘put off until tomorrow’ clearing out the clutter in the basement, garage, or attic for no reason other, ‘It can wait’; ‘it will be there next year’; ‘I am not going anyplace’; or ‘I will let someone else worry about it after I’m gone’.
This apathy or procrastination can also results in missed opportunities. I know you are saying this is really stretching this but keep reading! What are the opportunities?
• Eliminating all unwanted items will free up needed space for the must have items we need to hold onto.
• Have an active say in what happens to your ‘stuff’. We never know what will happen tomorrow! Things happen that we have no control of, so why not be pro-active with what we can control.
• Grab some help and enjoy passing along your stories and insight about your ‘stuff’, why let someone just toss your stuff out not knowing what items meant to you.
Passively sitting by doing anything – not writing a newsletter or clearing clutter from our homes – will not create opportunities. Instead we need to be pro-active in creating new and wonderful opportunities.