Last Updated Mar 13, 2008 7:40 PM EDT
Key offenders can often be linked to incomplete projects (like tax returns!) or unfinished business (closure on a business or personal relationship, perhaps).
Similarly, clutter can come from the gnawing frustration caused by a build-up of unattended emails, paperwork that remains unfiled, bills unpaid ... the list goes on.
One thing is for sure --- unless we attend to the main offender(s) we're never going to move forwards with the kind of gusto, focus, and drive that we'd like.
I'd like to suggest a little trick that I was reminded of recently --- a trick that is as effective as it is simple. Here's how it works:
First, get really clear on what key element of clutter needs attention.
Second, get a friend or colleague to tie a small brightly coloured strip of ribbon around your wrist -- tight enough to not come off without scissors; loose enough to maintain blood flow!
Third, make a commitment to that friend or colleague to not remove the ribbon until you have completed (and removed) the offending clutter.
Try it. It really works.