How does clutter affect people’s mindset?
Last week we were talking about loops and I said that I was an ideas person, which means I have a lot of open loops with ongoing projects that I’ve started but never got around to finishing. This often resulted in lots of clutter as there is so much going on an any one time.
I’ve noticed when I’ve seen people on zoom that I’m not the only one with lots of clutter around me. But I’m just wondering how does this affect people’s mindset?
If there is too much to process visually in our environment then maybe that decreases our motivation because we don’t know where to look for things. Alternatively maybe it increases your motivation because you then need a plan to sort it out and start again. Or, maybe you are ok with clutter.
Watch this week’s video and have a think about how clutter affects you.
I thought about this in terms of the neurological levels of change. This is an NLP Model that has come from Gregory Bates and been adapted by Robert Dilts. It states that we can experience change at a variety of levels and that changing at a higher level within the hierarchy can create a more meaningful change. The levels each have an effect on the others and are:
VALUES AND BELIEFS
CAPABILITY AND SKILLS
- When it comes to our environment if we have a lot of clutter around then does that affect our behaviour?
- Does it affect out ability to use our skills in our business?
- Is it associated with negative beliefs?
- Have I labelled myself as someone who is just generally untidy?
- Do I have negative beliefs that I’ll never get sorted?
- Is it interfering with my values? – For example, if someone has a value of freedom and they are constantly surrounded by clutter does that affect their ability to tick their values?
- In terms of our identity we may then just think that it’s just the way we are which is not useful and maybe it stops us reaching our purpose as well
Doing this blog has definitely caused me to give myself a good talking to, to get rid of the clutter. Often, this just means moving the clutter to an alternative space so that I can start again with a new plan and a new loop of being perfectly organised. And that will allow me to live my purpose of enjoying every minute of every day.
So have a think – does clutter exist in your life and what affect does it have on your mindset, behaviour, values, beliefs, identity or your purpose?
If it’s your mindset that is getting in the way and stopping you get organised, then get in touch. I can help you sort that out really quickly and help you to be the person you want to be and do what you want to do to stay in line with your purpose.
Until next week
Dr Bridget- sweating the small stuff to enjoy every moment.