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Book Review - Declutter Your Way To Success

Updated: May 20

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. Admiral Bill McRaven (Navy SEAL)

Today I would like to share with you 5 lessons that I have learnt from Declutter Your Way to Success written by Terri Savelle Foy. Just to share with you, this is actually the first book I picked up after I stopped reading for so many years. Truth is, I didn’t have reading as a habit and my life was average. After this book, I knew I needed to start to take control of my habits and I am glad to pick up reading after that. So if this book can change my life, I believe it can for you too.


Here are 5 things I have learnt from the book!


1. Once you have experienced excellence, you will never again be content with mediocrity. Thomas Monson

Today we are pursuing excellence, not perfection. Excellence is simply doing ordinary, everyday, mundane tasks in an extraordinary way. What are some ordinary task that you’re doing today that can be brought up a notch, making it excellent?

For me it will be putting back the stuff from our study table by the end of the day because every morning when I wake up and see a clean and neat table motivates me to sit on my desk and have full concentration for the day!


2. You’ll save time when you’re organised

The average American woman spends 55.2 minutes a day looking for lost or misplaced items. I am guilty of digging my lost keys and tissues and coins every time before I read this book. By keeping my things organized and having a place for my everything helps me to locate things quickly without stress!


3. Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. William James

Two step formula, take care of what you have, finish what you start. As an entrepreneur, I may have endless tasks to do and never ending issues to look into but I write all the tasks down that require my attention. When I have my sprints sessions, I have checked the task off efficiently and that gives me peace. Even though there isn’t a day where I have absolutely nothing to do but at least I know I am not on pending mode for a task that requires my attention from a few months back! That just scares me! From my work to my household, I try not to procrastinate my task for too long because I will find myself waking up at wee hours and trying to finish up that task.


4. Your environment often perfectly mirrors many of the other situations in your life. Jack Canfield

The way you do anything is the way you do everything. If your bed is always half made, perhaps your dreams will remain half fulfilled. When you have all these unfinished projects and little messes around you, it weighs on you internally. Back then my home office was in a mess, I had bags of clutter all on the floor and my table had simply too many things for me to function and think properly. I felt guilty about working toward my big goals when I knew I should be finishing up all the little incompletes in my life. Guess what, after clearing my home office, here I am writing this because I am ready for greater things now! Not about the clutter in my home office anymore!


5. Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark. Richard Cushing

From the meals I am cooking to my grocery list I have it on paper. Without a plan, I will be spending unnecessarily at my supermarket, probably getting duplicated or unnecessary things that I need. I have my schedule planned out and sometimes I go into the hours and minutes of my day to maximise my time. Plan plan plan, you probably have heard this. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.


Here are some tips that can assist you in your planning

  • Write everything down

  • Use one planner/calendar

  • Plan each day the night before

  • Prioritise your tasks

  • Time yourself

  • Create a routine


I hope you get a gist of this book and I guarantee you that what I share is just a tip of the ice bergs. Do grab this book from https://www.terri.com/shop/ and start your journey of success to decluttering.

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