De-clutter your mind to give you space to slow down. Part 2: Chunking

Chunking is one of the most powerful tools to de-clutter and slow your life down.

Chunking is very simple to understand, it is about levels of detail. Let me give you an example to make it clearer.

If we picked something like a car.

If we wanted to chunk that up (go to the next level of vagueness, the “big picture”) we could ask ourselves, “what is this an example of?”, in this case you may think, “transport” or “vehicle”, both would be right (there is no real right or wrong answers here).

If we chunked down, ie went to the next level of detail, you could say something like “make or model”, “colour” or “seat” (component parts), get the idea?

Often when people have become overwhelmed, they have chunked down too far and are going into far too much detail, making it seem like they have far too much to do! This leads to stress and that feeling of being out of control.

So the way to deal with this is to take your capture list from yesterday and organise it into bigger chunks.

Let me give you a quick example, say your capture list was something like this:

1. hoover 2. the washing up 3. pay the credit card bills 4. Cook dinner 5. Call my sister 6. Do some yoga 7. Walk the dogs 8. Sort my tax bill 9. buy a card for Simons birthday

OK, so we have 9 things there, not a lot, but still quite a lot to get done, So, to help us organise it we chunk them, we ask ourselves how some of these can be grouped together.

For example, you could go 1, 2, and 4 could be grouped together has “housework” or “chores”.

3 and 8 could be grouped as “finances”.

Get the idea? You may have grouped them differently, that is fine, remember there is no right or wrong answer.

So get you capture list and see what can be grouped together and next time we will take the next step to help you de-clutter you mind and get more organised!

Matt