Create Order for More Productivity and Creativity

my very cluttered workstation back in AP
Creative Commons License photo credit: jekert gwapoimage

Every year on January 1st, countless people resolve to make some kind of change in their lives.The number one resolution most people make is to par down and get rid of clutter.

For the past few years, I’ve resolved to streamline and rid my life of clutter and the things that I no longer find useful, beautiful or interesting.

Yet, I still find myself surrounded by some clutter! And I’ll bet you do too!

So what is clutter?

  • An overstuffed closet filled with relics that you know you wouldn’t ever wear again?
  • The drawer stuffed with enough pens, pencils, staples and tape to supply 10 small offices for a year.  
  • A box of beautiful birthday cards you’re saving but rarely if ever look at.
  • Hundreds of CD’s that you listen to occasionally.
  • A bookshelf filed with book you won’t re-read.

Just how many CD’s can you listen to?  How many books will you re-read?  Why are you holding on to that 2001 PC sitting in the closet?

It all comes down to what your really need to be productive and creative!

Getting rid of the floaters (post-it-notes) tacked on the side of my computer and bulletin board is a lot easier than parting with inspiring books long read, sorting through pictures of people whose faces I don’t recognize or parting with my deceased mother’s clothes.  I’ve come to realize that surrounding myself with clutter is a blueprint for my mindset.  I long ago recognized that I am the most unproductive and uncreative when I sit down at a desk covered with floaters, books and electronics.   For example, I have several ongoing journals, notes and folders on my desk at any given time.   Although, I can only work on one thing at a time,  I sometimes think I need to have them nearby just in case. And that ends up creating clutter on my desk and a sinking feeling of overwhelm.

Clutter and disorganization is not the result of sloppiness, laziness or incompetence.  From time to time, we all experience a cluttered workspace or living environment.  The key to getting organized is to uncover the underlying thoughts about the clutter.  For example, if you believe you’re lazy or sloppy, you’ve trained your mind to respond to a limiting belief about your ability to get organized.  Or you may think that having all your “things” out where you can see them gives you a feeling of control.

I’m not a professional organizer by any stretch of the imagination but I have learned some ways to bring organization back to my life so that I am not bombarded with clutter that halts my creativity and productivity.

And if you’re surrounded by things that no longer serve your unique purpose, now may be a good time to sort out what you really need so that you can think clearly, create order in your surroundings and focus on the things that are most important to you.

What tools or strategies do you use to get organized.  I would love it if you would share your comments.

Gladys Anderson - Life Coach, Therapist, Author



Certified Life Coach, Family therapist and Group Coaching Specialist, Gladys M. Anderson, helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other care-giving women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy for self-care.



  1. Susan Robertson says:

    I am really making progress on my decluttering project. I could not believe the number of bags of paper clutter I have disposed of and I am still finding more. I am shocked. Thank you for motivating me to continue.

    • Gladys Anderson says:

      Way to go, Susan! You’ve accomplished a lot in a short period of time. Congratulations on all your hard work!

  2. Susan A Robertson says:

    I always find your articles very helpful and motivating.


  3. Catherine Holloway says:

    Well Gladys once again you have hit me right in the heart of the matter! Catherine

    • Gladys Anderson says:

      Catherine, I’m glad the article “spoke” to your heart. Your heart is where all transformation begins.

  4. You make a very vital point about the need to get rid of what no longer serves us. Sometimes we even carry resolutions from one year to the next that are no longer relevant.

    I just blogged about resolutions as well, taking a different slant. Let me know what you think.


    • Gladys Anderson says:

      Thanks for your comment, Flora.

      I’ll certainly take a look at your post and leave my comments as well.

      ~ Gladys

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