Theme for 2008: Unclutter

It’s important to remember that the best things in life aren’t things.

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My theme and focus for 2008? To unclutter my life in as many respects as possible.

The thought originated as as I packed in anticipation of the move to the US. I was forced to realize just how much stuff I had. Stuff I had no need for. Stuff that created stress.

So I set out to focus on only bringing the things that really mattered. Two suitcases made the move with me. I’ve been here for two months and haven’t needed anything. In fact, it’s been stress reducing.

From there I focused on uncluttering the rest of my life. Stripping away things and embracing constraints in a diverse area.

Focus on what’s important.

I’ve been trying to really focus on loved ones, family and friends, because there’s nothing more critical. In our connected age it’s easy to form connections with many but it’s important to invest into those that matter most.

Goodbye stuff. I’ve embraced and learned to love simplistic living. It’s rewarding.

Google Reader used to bring me piles of information. That I skimmed. I fell into the bad habit of RSS overload, too many unread items would pile up and I would put aside interesting and thought provoking pieces to “read when I had time.” I would focus on body-count: plowing through uninteresting articles to lessen the stress-creating number of unreads. I’ve paired down 100 subscriptions to 10. I’m about to give up on the reader altogether. I’m now reading more, thinking deeper, and enjoying the returns.

Inbox? I’m clearing it out before I end each day.

Focusing on the moment. Friends know that my mind is generally in multiple places, racing from concept to concept. I’m working on focusing – and enjoying – the moment. The price was dear, a costly lack of focus and heightened anxiety. This is a hard one to work on, but I’m investing into it heavily.

I’m bringing the ‘uncluttered’ theme to every aspect of my life. So far it’s been a wonderful experience.

What can you focus less on in order to focus more?

  • candice

    When I returned to my apartment after yon hurricane, I had a couple of hours to sift through everything I owned and keep only what was important and undamaged, not that I would recommend that kind of shock, but I have kept a hell of a lot less stuff since then. I like clutter in a manner that drives my mother insane, though, and now that my equally cluttered boyfriend is living with me… we have a coffee table with about twenty books on it, and a hammer, and some candles, and and and…. good to see you posting again.

  • Kate

    I really enjoyed your post especially seeing your goals mimic many of mine this coming year….thanks for more inspiration. ; – ) K

  • Leigh

    uch! i don't mean to make this all about me but i don't have that many subscribers Fraser so I'm feeling a bit insecure about making your top ten list. I promise I'll write something relevant soon. Well, soonish….Ok no promises but… am coming to NYC again probably in the next couple weeks so i can just bribe you with food and wine……

  • leafar

    Funny I am doing the same on the other side of the ocean I've deleted all my facebook friends on friday ;-D try to refocus… on the right human capital in all my networks

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