Mental clutter interferes with the clarity of our thought and depletes our energy.
The clutter of too many items on our “to-do lists” and appointments on our calendars interferes with our focus and efficiency.
Ron Sherman takes this idea to another level in a blog post by describing the challenges caused when clutter clogs a school:
”…a building that couldn’t breathe under the weight of all the stuff in it. And at a deeper level, I understood that it was a school that couldn’t develop it’s own culture and identity, it couldn’t move forward into it’s own future, because in many ways it served as a museum, and repository for others’ long-forgotten materials.”
Just as our minds can be museums of outdated ideas, our offices, classrooms, and schools can be repositories of objects that anchor the status quo.
What clutters your mind, office, classroom, or school, and what steps can you take today to reduce it?
[Belated Canada Day best wishes to my Canadian readers, and Happy 4th of July to everyone in the United States. I will be taking a mini-sabbatical for the next few weeks. My August posts will tie together some of the themes and issues raised in essays during the past year.]