December 4, 2019 10:00 am Published by

It’s Like Laundry #208

Eliminating waste is a great thing. When you think of waste, do you include time, energy and money? How about space?

At the beginning of the year, I realized how much stress I had when my email inbox was full. Like all busy people, I receive many emails on any given day. On New Year’s Day, though it took nearly all day, I cleared my inbox for the first time. I knew it was temporary. Like laundry, you need to savor the moment the basket is empty.

I felt victorious. It was an epiphany for me. Decluttering and eliminating waste offered well more opportunities than objects. Creating space around you allows you to focus on the people and experiences you desire in life—at work and home.

Throughout the year, my inbox has been empty more often than it’s been full. I’ve kept a grasp on it even during the busiest of times, and though it’s not at zero every day, it is most days.

Imagine your days with a zero inbox. What would it reveal about the wasted time in front of a screen instead of with people you enjoy? What would it reveal about how necessary you are? What could open up for you with nothing to respond to at the end of your day?

Like laundry, your inbox will fill again; when you empty it, you’ll find peace.

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