Unstoppable You – How To Tap Into Your Awesome Learning Power

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Learning is like breathing.

Something we do because we are alive. Something we usually take for granted. But should we?

We were primed for learning in the womb – every hour our brains added 250,000 neurons so that we could process the world when we arrived.

Then, as a child, our default programming (let’s call it Learning 1.0) shaped the basic structure and wiring of our brains as we learned through trial and error and imitation.

We upgraded our learning capability again when, through experiences in school we upgraded to Learning 2.0 – internalizing society’s knowledge and more structured learning approaches (e.g., how to study). Once on our own, we cobbled together our own way of dealing with life’s challenges at work, at home, as a citizen.

We crafted a personalized approach – enter the next version of our internal learning software — Learning 3.0.

But Learning 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 are not good enough today.

This world is changing very rapidly and presenting us with many complex conditions and challenges that require a new learning paradigm.Of course, there is an increasing array of support we can access – in apps, online courses, blogs, or by cruising Google, Cable TV, social media (caveat: beware of biases!), and more.

We truly live in an accelerating and often confusing knowledge era. And it will only get more complex and diverse as information expands and technology provides new tools for learning, outsourcing our memories, and connecting with others in novel ways.

It’s a new learning landscape, and we need a new way of thinking about and approaching learning. I call this new way, Learning 4.0.

It’s 21st Century learning that you do on your own and with others. It’s a framework to use when you help others learn – your children, people you lead, people who want you to share your expertise for any reason.

And, Learning 4.0 is a framework to guide your learning in the moment (out of curiosity or opportunism), extracting learning from past experience (think of the learning locked up in those experiences you regret or remember with pride), and when you have a learning goal that may take some time to reach.

Learning 4.0 builds on the strengths of 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0. But there is a lot more. Think about yourself as a 4.0 Learner. For example, with Learning 4.0 you use and expand your imaginative capabilities – your ability to dream, create a virtual reality future, and then to draw on the energy of that imagined reality to help you move into a desirable future (Here’s a simple tip: before you dive into any learning experience do a 3-minute trip into your future. See and feel yourself with a new competency in a situation that matters to you. Make this vision as visceral – physical and mental – as you can. It will then act like a magnet, pulling you toward the future you desire).

Learning 4.0 also engages your whole brain/body – reflecting new insights from neuroscience, enlisting your conscious and unconscious learning processes, and tuning your body to support you with positive learning chemicals, brain waves, and optimal neural activity as you learn.

A third way Learning 4.0 works is by equipping you for the increasingly manipulative information world. Everybody wants your attention, information and money. But with Learning 4.0, you approach information in a smart way – detecting bias and manipulation and deciding what to accept and reject or ignore.

Another quality that defines you as a 4.0 learner is resource versatility.

As a 4.0 learner, you aren’t fazed by the variety of resource and learning formats out there. You know how to get the information you need from reading, listening, online apps and courses, meetings and conversations, even games and simulations… and more.

There are other important qualities in 4.0 Learning. And learners can tap into these super-learning qualities by developing skills in seven important 4.0 Learning practice areas:

  1. Hear the Call. 4.0 learners detect learning opportunities long before others. They are tuned to learn, so they hear calls to learn from the world around and inside them before these calls become crises and problems.
  2. Create Future Pull. 4.0 learners imagine compelling futures that then pull them in the direction of their goals. Think about it: when you have an image of where you want to be, it seems the world is filled with help to get there. Some call this the law of attraction, others call it serendipity. It is actually imagination and your unconscious learning processes at work.
  3. Search Far and Wide. You can’t deal with the crowded information world alone. You need help in the form of search engines and other scanners to find what you need. 4.0 learners know how to access services and people who can help find what they need.
  4. Connect the Dots. It may not be possible to develop fixed learning plans, but 4.0 learners know how to chart a learning path and equip themselves for the journey — balancing a commitment to the vision with new insights that might alter the course.
  5. Mine for Gold. 4.0 learners find the gold in any learning resource – knowing that learning is a partnership with the learning tools they use and that, as the learner in charge, they determine what to pay attention to and ultimately use.\
  6. Learn to Last. 4.0 learners know how to turn ideas and short term memories into lasting knowledge, skills, new ways of thinking, and even creative ideas.
  7. Transfer to Life. 4.0 learners take powerful steps to change their own habits (i.e., they go beyond New Year’s resolutions) and to influence the environment around them so that they can bring learning to life at home and at work.

It’s time for a new consciousness about learning – for a new mindset and practices. 21st Century challenges demand and invite us into a new learning framework. Fortunately, new knowledge about how we learn — plus a plethora of new tools to help us learn – make it possible to launch a new version of our internal learning software: to upgrade to Learning 4.0.

Learning is no longer a process to take for granted.

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Pat McLagan
is a global leader in the learning and development field with top awards from major adult learning associations. Her new book, Unstoppable You: Adopt the New Learning 4.0 Mindset and Change Your Life is available on Amazon. You can test your 4.0 capabilities at http://ift.tt/2s57ZiH. And you can build your 4.0 capabilities little by little every day with the iTunes app, Brighter Every Day. 

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How to Build Your Side Business While Working Full Time

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Building a business is hard.

What about building a business on the side while working full time?

I built a freelancing business while studying dentistry, and I’m just 20 years old.

And I forgot to mention that my GPA was 3.92 during my first 2 years.

It seems impossible to a lot of people, but I did it.

And the secret is rather simple. I know what I need to do, and I do it. But there’s a bit more to it than that.

In this post, you will discover the 3-tier planning method I use to know what I need to do and how I carry out focused actions to get more done in less time.

The result? You can build your business even if you don’t have a lot of spare time.

The “3-Tier Planning” Method

Your time is limited. That’s why planning is very important.

Because planning can be complicated and because of specific problems I’ve faced from time to time, I’ve developed a simple process to help me plan things out and keep moving in the right direction. I call it the “3-tier planning” method.

The 3-tiers are:

  • The 100,000-foot view
  • The 10,000-foot view
  • The 100-foot view

Let’s go into more detail about each of these.

Note: I have created a simple checklist to help you apply this planning method, so make sure to grab your checklist, then continue reading this post.

The 100,000-foot view

Here you look at the big picture. I like to make it for every quarter or every 100 days.

So you set a goal that you want to achieve in the next quarter and write out a detailed plan about how you want to achieve it.

Let’s take an example:

Goal: Create a product and start selling it in 90 days

Steps:

  1. Brainstorm product ideas
  2. Validate the idea by interacting with people on a FB group
  3. Outline the course
  4. Record every module
  5. Setup a membership site
  6. Setup an order form
  7. Create a sales page
  8. Offer a discount for my email list and get the first 10 customers

Now, we have the100,000-foot view. This will give you a clear big picture and ensure that you’re going to finish on time.

The 10,000-foot view

After you have the big picture, you need to know what tasks you need to accomplish in the next 2 weeks. I like this time frame because it’s not so long as to cause you to lose focus yet it leaves enough time for you to iterate as you go.

So you set the tasks you need to accomplish in the next 2 weeks so that you’re not overwhelmed by the big picture plan.

Continuing the example above, here is a simple 10,000-foot view plan

  1. Brainstorm product ideas
  2. Validate the idea
  3. Have a simple outline for the first 2 modules

The reason I added this tier is that it ensures that you don’t take too much time doing the first tasks, which would result in a situation where the deadline would be approaching yet you would still be a long way from your main goal, causing you to take a lot more time to achieve that goal.

The 100-foot view

Now you set your daily tasks. You see what you need to do from the 10,000-foot view and plan your day around it.

For the example above:

  1. Brainstorm product ideas
  2. Start interacting with a group to know what they want

Now, you know what you need to accomplish by the end of the day.

So when you returns from your job, you know the tasks you need to accomplish. Your job now is to do them.

You’ve seen what the planning method consists of, now I’d like to share a tip about how to actually finish your daily tasks. This is how I get more done in less time:

The “Up Pomodoro” Technique to Get More Done

Now, after you know the exact tasks you need to work on, your job now is to actually do them.

The Pomodoro technique is a great way to help you get more done in less time with greater focus.

If you’re not familiar with the Pomodoro technique, it’s a technique where you spend 25 minutes focusing on a task and then take a 5 minute rest and then repeat this cycle 4 times and then take a bigger rest.

This enables you to eliminate distraction, which is the most important element to getting more done.

But what does the “Up” in “Up Pomodoro” mean?

The people at the Muse discovered something they call the rule of 52 and 17.

They found out that the people who work for 52 minutes and take a break of 17 minutes are the most productive people.

So I started applying it and the results are astonishing. For simplicity’s sake I now work for 50 minutes and take a break for 10-15 minutes. The thing is that you combine 2 cycles of the Pomodoro technique.

By using the 3-tier planning process and the Up Pomodoro technique, I’ve able to know what I need to do and work on it without getting distracted. This is the simple process that helped me build my business while studying dentistry.

And to help you accomplish the same results, I’ve create a simple checklist for you to help you apply the techniques I’ve shared in today’s post and to increase your productivity by 300%. Grab your checklist here.

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The Best Night Routine for a Productive Day

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Even if you don’t consider yourself a productive person, you still have some type of morning routine to kick off the workday. If it’s a daily mad sprint to the train stop with coffee in one hand and a breakfast burrito in the other, there’s probably still at least some forethought (breakfast burritos don’t just happen).

But a bedtime routine? If yours consists of just falling asleep during The Daily Show with a cocktail, you’re doing it wrong. A productive tomorrow begins tonight, and a nighttime checklist can help establish sleep-positive habits that will carry you through the day, as opposed to dragging yourself to five o’clock.

According to Hilary Thompson, a sleep expert for Mattress.com, you’ll also be healthier: “Trouble falling, and staying, asleep can lead to chronic fatigue, mood and memory issues, a slower metabolism, and decreased immune-system functioning,” she says. “A routine can help you get the most out of your night and, ultimately, your day.”

Before you plan on going to sleep, try implementing some (or all) of these steps to set yourself up for a better, more productive morning.

  1. Step Away from the Spreadsheet. Shut off your brain and stop working. The tasks will still be there tomorrow—plus some more, because work. They can, and should, wait.
  2. Look Back, Look Ahead. Review what you accomplished today, then make a to-do list for tomorrow. But don’t feel that you must list everything for tomorrow—the top three biggies will suffice. And don’t make these lists too close to bedtime, as per the shut-off-brain/stop-working directive above.
  3. Cool It. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal temperature for shut-eye is around 65 degrees. The cooler you are, the sleepier you become, so turn down the thermostat.
  4. Cut Off the Alcohol (and Snacks). At least two hours before bedtime, cut off the booze, food, and—you’d be surprised how non-self-explanatory this is—stimulants (not just coffee and soda, but also sugary desserts and even fruits). “Digestion and sleep don’t mix well,” says Hilary Thompson.
  5. Clean It Up. Waking up to a messy household isn’t the way to start the day. Tidy up the kitchen, your bedroom, your workspace, and everything else within eyesight before you hit the sack for a clearer path in the morning.
  6. Dress for No Stress. It worked when you were a kid, so why not now? Plan and lay out tomorrow’s clothing ensemble tonight, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about. “And, if your first outfit of the day is gym clothes for a morning workout, even better,” adds Thompson.
  7. Relax with a Book. Get in some light reading before bedtime—but not that kind of light. Good old-fashioned print is preferable to an iPad or Kindle. “The light from the screen of your tablet or phone is blue-spectrum light … it tells the brain to stop secreting melatonin [a natural sleep-inducing biochemical],” says Lisa Medalie, PsyD, a University of Chicago behavioral sleep-medicine specialist. “Even a few minutes of exposure signals your brain to stay awake.”
  8. Fade to Black. Again, it’s a melatonin thing—the darker the room, the better the slumber. Ever notice how much sounder you sleep in a hotel room? Consider investing in some blackout blinds, or at least an eye mask.
  9. Nix the Netflix. As per the above, shut down all screens an hour or two before bedtime, including TVs and computers. If you absolutely must squeeze in one more episode of Iron Fist, try some blue-light-blocking sunglasses.
  10. Pause the Paws. Sorry, pet lovers, but letting dogs and/or cats on your bed isn’t helping your sleep—when they toss and turn so do you. Keep your four-legged friends out of the bedroom, or, if you can’t bear to be apart, set them up with their own bed across the room.
  11. Block the Clock. Yes, even the LED light from your bedside clock can mess with your sleep—especially if you’re up all night staring at it, so turn it to the wall. “Even a small amount of exposure to the clock’s display can interrupt melatonin flow,” Thompson says. “As long as you can hear the alarm in the morning, there’s no need to see it.”

And, when morning comes …

  1. Snooze (Button), You Lose. “The worst thing you can do is stay up late then hit snooze in the morning,” success author Laura Vanderkam tells Business Insider. “Humans have a limited amount of willpower. Why waste that willpower arguing with yourself over when to get up, and sleeping in miserable nine-minute increments?”

Try out a few of these tips tonight, and you’ll thank yourself when you have a productive tomorrow. Happy sleeping!

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The Best Night Routine for a Productive Day

You’re reading The Best Night Routine for a Productive Day, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a productive person, you still have some type of morning routine to kick off the workday. If it’s a daily mad sprint to the train stop with coffee in one hand and a breakfast burrito in the other, there’s probably still at least some forethought (breakfast burritos don’t just happen).

But a bedtime routine? If yours consists of just falling asleep during The Daily Show with a cocktail, you’re doing it wrong. A productive tomorrow begins tonight, and a nighttime checklist can help establish sleep-positive habits that will carry you through the day, as opposed to dragging yourself to five o’clock.

According to Hilary Thompson, a sleep expert for Mattress.com, you’ll also be healthier: “Trouble falling, and staying, asleep can lead to chronic fatigue, mood and memory issues, a slower metabolism, and decreased immune-system functioning,” she says. “A routine can help you get the most out of your night and, ultimately, your day.”

Before you plan on going to sleep, try implementing some (or all) of these steps to set yourself up for a better, more productive morning.

  1. Step Away from the Spreadsheet. Shut off your brain and stop working. The tasks will still be there tomorrow—plus some more, because work. They can, and should, wait.
  2. Look Back, Look Ahead. Review what you accomplished today, then make a to-do list for tomorrow. But don’t feel that you must list everything for tomorrow—the top three biggies will suffice. And don’t make these lists too close to bedtime, as per the shut-off-brain/stop-working directive above.
  3. Cool It. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal temperature for shut-eye is around 65 degrees. The cooler you are, the sleepier you become, so turn down the thermostat.
  4. Cut Off the Alcohol (and Snacks). At least two hours before bedtime, cut off the booze, food, and—you’d be surprised how non-self-explanatory this is—stimulants (not just coffee and soda, but also sugary desserts and even fruits). “Digestion and sleep don’t mix well,” says Hilary Thompson.
  5. Clean It Up. Waking up to a messy household isn’t the way to start the day. Tidy up the kitchen, your bedroom, your workspace, and everything else within eyesight before you hit the sack for a clearer path in the morning.
  6. Dress for No Stress. It worked when you were a kid, so why not now? Plan and lay out tomorrow’s clothing ensemble tonight, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about. “And, if your first outfit of the day is gym clothes for a morning workout, even better,” adds Thompson.
  7. Relax with a Book. Get in some light reading before bedtime—but not that kind of light. Good old-fashioned print is preferable to an iPad or Kindle. “The light from the screen of your tablet or phone is blue-spectrum light … it tells the brain to stop secreting melatonin [a natural sleep-inducing biochemical],” says Lisa Medalie, PsyD, a University of Chicago behavioral sleep-medicine specialist. “Even a few minutes of exposure signals your brain to stay awake.”
  8. Fade to Black. Again, it’s a melatonin thing—the darker the room, the better the slumber. Ever notice how much sounder you sleep in a hotel room? Consider investing in some blackout blinds, or at least an eye mask.
  9. Nix the Netflix. As per the above, shut down all screens an hour or two before bedtime, including TVs and computers. If you absolutely must squeeze in one more episode of Iron Fist, try some blue-light-blocking sunglasses.
  10. Pause the Paws. Sorry, pet lovers, but letting dogs and/or cats on your bed isn’t helping your sleep—when they toss and turn so do you. Keep your four-legged friends out of the bedroom, or, if you can’t bear to be apart, set them up with their own bed across the room.
  11. Block the Clock. Yes, even the LED light from your bedside clock can mess with your sleep—especially if you’re up all night staring at it, so turn it to the wall. “Even a small amount of exposure to the clock’s display can interrupt melatonin flow,” Thompson says. “As long as you can hear the alarm in the morning, there’s no need to see it.”

And, when morning comes …

  1. Snooze (Button), You Lose. “The worst thing you can do is stay up late then hit snooze in the morning,” success author Laura Vanderkam tells Business Insider. “Humans have a limited amount of willpower. Why waste that willpower arguing with yourself over when to get up, and sleeping in miserable nine-minute increments?”

Try out a few of these tips tonight, and you’ll thank yourself when you have a productive tomorrow. Happy sleeping!

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Tidy Home, Tidy Mind – How Your Surroundings Can Affect Your Mental Health

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They say a tidy home equals a tidy mind, but if only it was as simple as that! Whilst a clean environment won’t necessarily solve all of your problems, it can actually have a great impact on your day-to-day outlook and mental health. Whether you’re suffering with stress, feeling overwhelmed or struggling to find motivation, your surroundings can have a dramatic effect on your mood. You may not notice this straight away and you may shrug it off as a non-issue but it is definitely something that’s worth thinking about. We all have those days, where we come home from work tired and all we want to do is collapse on the sofa or crawl into bed. After a long and stressful day the last thing you want to do is see to the pile of dishes, the stack of unopened mail or pile of internet shopping you’re still yet to open.

Waking up and having to deal with a messy house every day can severely impact your motivation, concentration and it’s simply not a great way to start your day. It’s wise to clear a little bit of time to organize the chaos, and then reap the benefits of a calm and tidy home.

Clear the Clutter

The first step to a tidy home is getting rid of the clutter, a time consuming yet worthy task. You’ll need to dedicate a weekend to sorting through all of your items – think minimalist! You don’t have to get rid of all of your worldly possessions but think about what you do and don’t use. You’ll be much happier living in a home that isn’t crammed with unnecessary objects. It will give you space to breathe and a much more organized mind. This is especially important if you ever work from home, after all how much can you really get done in a messy and uninspiring environment?

Sort through the Paperwork

Bills, bills, bills! Those annoying weekly reminders that you owe money on your credit card can soon mount up and before you know it you’ve got piles of unopened mail all over the place. Buy a cheap shredder and spend an afternoon shredding all of your documents and sending them off for recycling. You’ll feel a weight off your shoulders and hopefully you will finally be able to see extra space on your kitchen worktop! Be sure that any sensitive information is destroyed and say goodbye to the mess. Give your important documents a new, organized home so that you can easily access them, without having to trawl through 100s of unopened letters.

Give the walls a fresh lick of paint

Did you know certain colors can affect a rooms Feng shui? Create the perfect ambience with an intimate, peaceful setting using all the right shades. Opt for calming colors such as a soft neutral green, lavender and grey. Avoid harsh colors such as red, magenta and violet as these will have the opposite effect and can also make rooms appear smaller and more cramped.  Try and ensure your rooms are letting in as much natural light as possible too, as this is much more calming than fluorescent lighting. Bright open spaces are much more satisfying than dark, cluttered rooms which can leave you feeling depressed.

Add a touch of green

Did you know plants are great mood boosters? Good Feng Shui plants are the top air purifying plants, these are ones that provide clean, good quality air! Make sure you opt for an areca palm, bamboo palm, English ivy, rubber plant or lady palm for a gracious flow of energy in your home. Plants to avoid include cacti for their spiky energy! Not only will these plants provide you with zen, they’ll also add a beautiful touch to your home.

Following these simple steps, de-cluttering your life and organizing your belongings will make you feel hugely motivated. An untidy home can feel hugely overwhelming, don’t stress yourself out trying to transform it into a minimalist haven overnight, it will take time but will be so worth it in the long run. Once you declutter you will be able to think more clearly, feel more positive and enable you to enjoy a more welcoming and comfortable living area to appreciate. For expert advice regarding a tidier way of living, be sure to check out Marie Kondo’s bestselling book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up’ it will change your life forever!

Happy de-cluttering!


Matilda is a firm believer in self-development, spirituality and a tidy home! She is a freelance marketing manager for interiors boutique Homeward Bound Interiors and enjoys nothing more than travelling the world in search of inspiration in all aspects of her life!

 

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Tidy Home, Tidy Mind – How Your Surroundings Can Affect Your Mental Health

You’re reading Tidy Home, Tidy Mind – How Your Surroundings Can Affect Your Mental Health, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

They say a tidy home equals a tidy mind, but if only it was as simple as that! Whilst a clean environment won’t necessarily solve all of your problems, it can actually have a great impact on your day-to-day outlook and mental health. Whether you’re suffering with stress, feeling overwhelmed or struggling to find motivation, your surroundings can have a dramatic effect on your mood. You may not notice this straight away and you may shrug it off as a non-issue but it is definitely something that’s worth thinking about. We all have those days, where we come home from work tired and all we want to do is collapse on the sofa or crawl into bed. After a long and stressful day the last thing you want to do is see to the pile of dishes, the stack of unopened mail or pile of internet shopping you’re still yet to open.

Waking up and having to deal with a messy house every day can severely impact your motivation, concentration and it’s simply not a great way to start your day. It’s wise to clear a little bit of time to organize the chaos, and then reap the benefits of a calm and tidy home.

Clear the Clutter

The first step to a tidy home is getting rid of the clutter, a time consuming yet worthy task. You’ll need to dedicate a weekend to sorting through all of your items – think minimalist! You don’t have to get rid of all of your worldly possessions but think about what you do and don’t use. You’ll be much happier living in a home that isn’t crammed with unnecessary objects. It will give you space to breathe and a much more organized mind. This is especially important if you ever work from home, after all how much can you really get done in a messy and uninspiring environment?

Sort through the Paperwork

Bills, bills, bills! Those annoying weekly reminders that you owe money on your credit card can soon mount up and before you know it you’ve got piles of unopened mail all over the place. Buy a cheap shredder and spend an afternoon shredding all of your documents and sending them off for recycling. You’ll feel a weight off your shoulders and hopefully you will finally be able to see extra space on your kitchen worktop! Be sure that any sensitive information is destroyed and say goodbye to the mess. Give your important documents a new, organized home so that you can easily access them, without having to trawl through 100s of unopened letters.

Give the walls a fresh lick of paint

Did you know certain colors can affect a rooms Feng shui? Create the perfect ambience with an intimate, peaceful setting using all the right shades. Opt for calming colors such as a soft neutral green, lavender and grey. Avoid harsh colors such as red, magenta and violet as these will have the opposite effect and can also make rooms appear smaller and more cramped.  Try and ensure your rooms are letting in as much natural light as possible too, as this is much more calming than fluorescent lighting. Bright open spaces are much more satisfying than dark, cluttered rooms which can leave you feeling depressed.

Add a touch of green

Did you know plants are great mood boosters? Good Feng Shui plants are the top air purifying plants, these are ones that provide clean, good quality air! Make sure you opt for an areca palm, bamboo palm, English ivy, rubber plant or lady palm for a gracious flow of energy in your home. Plants to avoid include cacti for their spiky energy! Not only will these plants provide you with zen, they’ll also add a beautiful touch to your home.

Following these simple steps, de-cluttering your life and organizing your belongings will make you feel hugely motivated. An untidy home can feel hugely overwhelming, don’t stress yourself out trying to transform it into a minimalist haven overnight, it will take time but will be so worth it in the long run. Once you declutter you will be able to think more clearly, feel more positive and enable you to enjoy a more welcoming and comfortable living area to appreciate. For expert advice regarding a tidier way of living, be sure to check out Marie Kondo’s bestselling book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up’ it will change your life forever!

Happy de-cluttering!


Matilda is a firm believer in self-development, spirituality and a tidy home! She is a freelance marketing manager for interiors boutique Homeward Bound Interiors and enjoys nothing more than travelling the world in search of inspiration in all aspects of her life!

 

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