I’m on my third cup of coffee already this morning. I just finished up one round of writing assignments and have to switch over to finishing my homework before starting work for a different client. Normally my alarm goes off at 4:55 am and I sleep until about 6:00, but today I just WOKE UP.
Mornings like this don’t come around that often anymore. In college I used to wake up at 2:30 in the morning (it’s okay, judge) and had most of my to-do list done before the gym opened at six. Working from home is a lot different than I thought it would be. Without anyplace to “go,” it’s really tempting to put off doing work and mess around.
I didn’t realize until very recently that the problem isn’t me. I have bad habits, like anyone else, but they would be a lot easier to break if I didn’t have so much stuff. I’ve been writing a lot for a client about productivity and efficiency. The second I finished an article about decluttering, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to stop myself from simplifying. (You learn a lot of weird things about yourself and your interests when you write outside your comfort zone, nudge nudge).
So this weekend I finished listening to all my unplayed podcast downloads. I deleted a bunch of apps off my phone and immediately felt less stressed. I set up email forwarding so that I only have two personal email accounts to check instead of four. I’ve almost convinced myself to delete my YouTube app, which I downloaded last year for my commute into the city and am still way too distracted by it.
I’ve gotten so much writing done the past few days. At least, more than I have been in the past month on a daily basis in comparison. I feel less anxious. I’m not constantly checking my phone. It’s a lot easier to force myself into a flow state and then get a lot of great work done. I thought maybe this would stop with my technology, but now I think I want to go even further. Pretty much everything I own is in the space I work and sleep in. There is SO MUCH STUFF. It’s distracting me. I want to be able to write with fewer distractions without completely relocating my workspace.
So I’m going to join the frenzy and try this whole decluttering thing. I’m going to write about it, too, because I’ve already learned a lot and I can’t not share those lessons. I’ll be documenting my journey on Medium and probably on my YouTube channel as a way to keep myself motivated. I’m so excited. Just getting rid of one thing feels so freeing.
Follow me here if you’re interested in more updates on how this process goes. It’s going to give me so much more energy to create better content for you and on other channels and I’m so, so excited. Otherwise, everything on this blog will stay the same at least for the next few months – then some good and awesome changes are coming. It’s going to be so great. I can’t wait for you to see what I have planned.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and an eight-time NaNoWriMo winner with work published in Teen Ink, Success Story, Lifehack and USA TODAY College. Follow Meg on Twitter.
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