June can be a time when the weight of unfinished business from the first six months of the year can start to pile up…
- The commitments you’ve made – overlapping
- Emails and newsletters you subscribed to – jamming your inbox
- The closet that needs organizing – overflowing
- The plan you never nailed down – still pending
- The unexpected thing called life – happening
All of which can do a pretty fine job of distracting you from nurturing what truly matters most in your world.
Whatever form your unfinished business is taking – now might be a good time to pause, wrap things up and clear your path.
In the last couple of weeks, I have certainly experienced several things thatreinforced this truth for me. I recently, posted a short note on my personal Facebook timeline, and the huge response gave me the sense that I’m not alone.
So, I thought I’d share the simple strategy I posted plus another resource (linked below) to help you wrap up those loose ends:
1. Create Your Unfinished Business List: pull out a piece of paper and make two categories: Work and Personal – then write down every unfinished, outstanding thing that comes to you in each category.
- Work examples: emails, files, schedule, plans, decision-making, etc.
- Personal examples: people to connect with, outstanding appointments, rooms – closet, bathroom, kids’ rooms, etc.
2. Choose one area in each category that you are going to focus on for one week (or more if required).
3. Then spend 15 minutes per day focused on your Work category and 15 minutes per day on your Personal category. Or if this is too much, just start with one of them.
This is a surprisingly effective method because it’s so simple and only requires 15 to 30 minutes per day. You are less likely to become overwhelmed and you immediately start feeling lighter as you release the weight that’s holding you down.
The key is to choose very small areas and bring them to completion.
If you want to delve a little deeper: The Art + Soul of Spring Clearing is a good article with a step-by-step process on clearing your path, and includes a valuable template.