Day 155: Lessons From A Messy Room

This morning, my bedroom was a disgrace. I’ve probably mentioned it in a previous post (I feel like I have), but it really was pretty foul. Today, I devoted a pretty substantial amount of time to cleaning it. Here are some observations from the day:

1. Things can get very messy if you aren’t disciplined.

My room has taken all day to tidy because I let it get messier and messier over a prolonged period of time. My washing basket was virtually unusable because it was filled with clothes I never wear anymore and so the clothes I do wear were just strewn across the floor. Add to that all the random documents, letters, loose change and various other miscellaneous objects and well, it had become a bit of a state. If I’d made a conscious effort to sort my washing basket out back when I first realised it was unusable, my room would already have been much tidier. If I’d chosen to spend five minutes every day tidying my room, the mess would never have developed to the disaster it was today. Simple solutions to one fundamental problem – ill-discipline.

In life and in leadership, a small problem can develop into a big one surprisingly quickly if it isn’t dealt with effectively. Decisions, emails, issues with coworkers, friends and families can build if we don’t have the discipline to stay on top of it all. I have a tendency to leave emails and reply to lots all in one go…which is fine, so long as I reply fairly regularly. Sometimes, time will pass and the small pile of emails will develop into a mountain and I choose to let some fall by the wayside, causing problems for some of the people around me. It’s my responsibility to be disciplined and respond to them before I begin to let people down and cause problems for people.

Do you have an issue with something of someone that is building because you are choosing not to ignore it? Maybe your in debt and the mess keeps building and it’s going to take a lot to tidy up. If discipline is a problem for you, why not seek some advice from someone that can help? Don’t struggle alone!

2. Removing clutter can help you find what you need

I was really pleased some notes from a theology-training year I took part in a few years ago. They were nestling under some useless documents…under my bed – I can’t tell you how much it blessed me to read them today. It wasn’t until I made the conscious decision to remove the clutter that I found what I really needed. Those of you that know me well will know how prone I am to temporarily losing either my wallet or keys (almost every week). I’d say that 90% of the time, I lose these pretty important items simply because I’ve covered them with some other thing that shouldn’t be there.

Sometimes, I think we let our worlds become cluttered with too many things that aren’t helpful to us. For me, it’s the video game ‘FIFA 12’ (I’ll be blogging on that game at some point, I’m sure), generally bad television and my iPhone. In fact, I’ve actually turned my phone off for the evening and will be turning my laptop off as soon as this blog post is complete in order to focus on a tech-free evening. For me, plane journeys are fantastic because during take-off and landing, I have no choice but to avoid technology. Almost every good idea I’ve had for Revolution in the last 6 months has come from a plane journey. It’s amazing what you can find when you remove the clutter from your life.

A fantastic prayer I heard not-so-long ago was not to ask God to give you anything; rather, to pray for him to take away things that aren’t from him. Is there any clutter you need to remove from your life in order to be as effective as possible?

3. Spiders in my room suck.

There’s no insight from that. They really do suck. I hate spiders! Especially in my bedroom. Urgh!

That’s all I have for you today, have a great evening – I’ll be tech free!

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