Many people struggle with clutter because they lack a clear vision of their ideal environment for themselves, their family, and their work. Without a personalized picture of what they want, they can be easily swayed by conflicting external ideas that do not align with their unique needs, goals, dreams, and preferences.
When individuals observe media sources, such as a magazine or a television decorating program, they may think “That might work for me.” When they see their friend’s newly designed, clutter-free home office, they might think to themselves, “I bet I could accomplish more in that environment.” While working out at the gym, they might catch a glimpse of an infomercial that showcases a remarkable closet or garage makeover, causing them to envision the additional space and liberty they could have if they purchase the product. These alluring and sometimes conflicting images can cause individuals to absorb contradictory ideas while they simultaneously lament the fact that clutter seems to accumulate in their surroundings every week.
There’s no better time than now to free yourself from external distractions and focus on how you truly want to live and work! Envision the perfect environment that empowers you to be the best version of yourself. Imagine a setting where everything you do or want to do is backed up by your surroundings, and nothing weighs you down. Whether you’re launching a new business or raising a family, your ideal environment should be tailored to your specific needs. If you’re starting a business, ensure that you have all the necessary tools in good working order to achieve your goals. If you’re a busy parent, you require designated areas for quick toy access and cleanup. And if you’re pursuing your passion for Tango dancing, you need ample space and a high-quality sound system to let your moves shine!
I like a room you can dance in the middle of! -Mariah Burton Nelson
Options for taking the first step:
Evaluate your current environment by using a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 signifies “sabotages my dreams and directions”, and 10 indicates as “supports and nourishes my success”. What rating would you give your current environment?
Record the current state of your surroundings by capturing “Before” pictures, which will enable you to keep track of the progress you make as you improve your environment.
Take a moment to unwind with a cup of tea and visualize your ideal environment in detail. What are its visual, sensory, and atmospheric characteristics? How much space, natural light, fresh air, sunshine, warmth, furniture, and color would there be? Equally important, what elements would it NOT have?
Link your environment to your life purpose by considering what your life would say if it had a single message within your family, organization, or community. Does your current setting reflect the message you want to convey to the world?
Record the image of your desired future environment. If others were to assist you in creating this ideal setting, how would you communicate your vision to them? How can you convey the picture that exists in your mind to others in a way that they can comprehend and assist you in achieving your goal?
Establish checkpoints, allocate funds, and designate timeframes. What strategies, resources, and schedules can be employed to transform your vision into a tangible reality?
One person we worked with shared her experience of implementing this process, saying, “I was exhausted from feeling frustrated. It felt like I was a part of life’s banquet, but I was stuck in the mashed potatoes – all the excess baggage holding me down. Now, I’ve identified a completely different spot at the banquet table of life. I feel as vibrant as a bowl of fresh raspberries – rich, tangy, and full of color.”
What kind of environment fully supports your dearest aspirations and goals? What initial action can you take in the next 24 hours to create that setting?
If you have a vision of your ideal environment, but you’re not sure where to begin, or if clutter is so overwhelming that you can’t think beyond tidying up, consider taking the Productive Environment Score assessment. Even if things are already filed away, you may still struggle to locate what you need when you need it. This score will help you identify areas for improvement and provide a roadmap to a more productive and fulfilling environment. Get your Productive Environment Score today!
If any of the issues discussed in this post resonate with you, please do not hesitate to share your thoughts by commenting directly on this post. Alternatively, feel free to reach out to us for a personalized solution to your specific needs. We would be delighted to assist you.
Either way, let’s connect! → Barbara Hemphill