July 17, 2012 in 52 Delights Project
Welcome to another week of the 52 Delights Project, a weekly post where I add something to my regular routine in the hope that it will change my life for the better or I’ll learn something new about myself. Feel free to play along and take on board any of the ideas you might feel drawn to!
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Okay, it’s not often that I don’t follow through as I should on this project, but all cards on the table, I didn’t hit this one out of the park. In the last couple of weeks I’ve had unreliable internet and chaos on the work front for a client of mine, so I didn’t get as many emails out as I would have liked. I am still definitely sending the rest as I believe it’s so important to acknowledge the talented writers/artists that you admire – they aren’t psychic and therefore have no idea that you think they’re the bees knees! Did you contact the creatives that inspire you?
I do want to highlight how I feel about not completing the previous “challenge” – I’m a little embarrassed but not beating myself up about it. Usually I mould my life around this blog and my work, but this holiday has meant that it’s the other way around - which is okay. Sometimes the only way we can realise this is when something forces you out of the previous habit and shines a light on the problems with it. Also, if you’re into astrology at all, you’ll know it’s Mercury Retrograde at the moment. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out this post by Gala Darling on the topic. We’ve had strange things happen with the internet over the past week and travel plans slightly disrupted, so I’m definitely feeling it. Are you?
This week I’m tying up loose online ends. You know what I mean. That newsletter you always delete and consider unsubscribing from but never seem to do it. That half-assed filing system you have on your desktop with odd images and bookmarked posts. That crazy RSS feeder which is never under control.
All of this creates mental clutter and a feeling of anxiety associated with never having things in order. I’m a very messy and chaotic person by nature, but I always function better when everything has their place and it seems neat and tidy. If there is too much “stuff” everywhere, I get overwhelmed and procrastinate wading through it all. So I am now committing to unsubscribing from any newsletter that doesn’t provide any value to me anymore, unfollowing any blogs that don’t inspire or inform me, cleaning up my desktop and Dropbox folders, organising the mess that I call my Evernote system and clearing some space in my inbox.
Do you regularly clear your online clutter?
If not, do you feel overwhelmed by it?