A couple of years ago, the media covered a story about a woman texting while walking in a shopping mall. She fell right into a fountain because she wasn’t paying attention to where she was going.
While no one wants to get caught texting their way into a pool of water, we moms have to admit – we’re living in a distracted generation.
We’re on our phones day and night. Whether it’s social media, email, or Words With Friends, our phones take up our time like never before.
Michael Hyatt, virtual mentor, successful businessman, and author of Shave 10 hours off your work week, says,
In a world of distraction and competing demands, mental focus is a scarce commodity. If you want more of it, you will have to be intentional about getting it.
I’m inclined to agree. In my last goal setting post, called, Why we fail to achieve goals and how to rock 2017, I listed three ways to cut distraction and reach your goals.
1.) Write 7 strong goals (I stole that from Michael Hyatt, by the way).
2.) Cut 3 tasks from 2017
3.) Stop questioning decisions
While all three will be addressed, the 31 Days to a Clutter-free Mind Challenge focuses mainly on number two: cut 3 tasks from 2017.
Because we simply can’t decide on a whim what to cut from our to-do list.
But if we give it some thought and a month to establish new habits, our minds will feel less cluttered and we’ll have more energy for the things we really want to do!
Signs you need a clutter-free mind
I’ve felt so conflicted and pressured with too much on my to-do list. I’ve prayed and asked for direction as to what to cut from my tasks in 2017.
And I didn’t get relief until I sat down and actually worked through the steps I’m about to share with you in the challenge.
I didn’t intend to make this challenge, but once I finished cutting my tasks, I felt such a load off my mind that I knew I had to share it with others!
Dear mom, I know if you put a little bit of work into this challenge, you will feel so much better about your 2017.
Already I feel less stressed and more confident in my decisions and the time I’m spending with family and friends.
Do you ever miss staring off into space?
Seriously. Do kids do that anymore? Is everyone on the internet 24/7 or is it just my imagination?
Whatever happened to the days of front porch sitting? When was the last time you went sightseeing without taking 89 pictures with your iphone?
What if we slowed down a bit and cut some things that hurt a bit – but didn’t actually draw blood?
What if we got up in the morning and opened our Bibles without a single glance at our phones?
What if we didn’t check Facebook for a whole day?
Benefits of decluttering your mind
Friend, I’ve created a 7-day email series to kick off this challenge. You’ll perform a task each day leading up to the actual paring down of your three tasks. This challenge will begin January 1 – but if you’re a few days late, don’t worry! You can still join and get a jump on your year!
You are going to feel so empowered, so free, and so peaceful once you get clear on what needs to go.
You’ll know exactly what you want to do to make 2017 productive and joyful.
And you’ll soak up those little moments you’ve been missing because of too much distraction.
Are you ready for the challenge?
Let’s bring it on.
Sign up here to enter the 31-Days to a Clutter-free Mind Challenge and kick off your goals for 2017!
Details for the 31-Days to a Clutter-free Mind Challenge:
1.) Sign up here
2.) Receive 7 emails (one per day) for a total of one week
3.) Complete each task each day and then
4.) Report your progress in the closed Facebook accountability group
5.) Enjoy support and accountability from the group, as well as 2 live Facebook encouragement sessions through January 31
6.) That’s it! This is a SIMPLE challenge. No fluff. No long emails. Just brief practical encouragement from Scripture and tested life lessons.
Are you ready to accept the challenge to declutter your mind and find time for the things that really matter this year?
Then hop aboard the party train, mom!
31 Days to a Clutter-free Mind; Making space for the things that matter.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ~Winston Churchill
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away…Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6, ESV
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. ~Proverbs 11:24, ESV