Hi, I’m Morgan Tyree of Morganize with Me! I recently published my first book, Take Back Your Time, where I teach you how to be more intentional with your time. I wanted to write this blog entry to share with you some of my time management tips and tools.

As a professional organizer, I have the privilege of helping my clients declutter and organize their homes and businesses. Most of my clients are looking to minimize their clutter in hopes of better maximizing their time and space. Typically, they reach out to me because they feel stuck and don’t know where to start. Often, they have too much to do and too little time. They feel buried under their commitments, clutter, and choices, and are exhausted from trying to keep up with the hustle and bustle. There seems to be a theme of too much busyness and too little time.

Sadly, I think our culture has somewhat made busyness something to be sought after. Living an overloaded and overwhelmed life seems to be the new normal for many. And, unfortunately, I see that this habit of busyness is not contributing positively to our lives.

My encouragement to you (and to me) is to seek fullness over busyness.

You have the power to choose a life of fullness and to set aside the draining existence of being overwhelmed and busy, but you will need to make that deliberate and intentional choice. Choose to remove busy from your vocabulary and prepare to welcome a fuller life – a life full of purpose, meaning, and value. The goal: no more frantic, only full.

I like to think of fullness this way: when I go to a coffee shop and purchase a chai tea latte, I expect to receive a full cup of tea. I desire a full serving. What I don’t want is an overflowing cup of tea. If my tea spills over and makes a mess or burns my hands, then my positive experience is immediately altered. Likewise, I would be frustrated if served only a half cup of tea. I want to enjoy a full cup of my favorite beverage. A full cup of tea is what I expect and invested in.

If you want to move from a life of busyness to a life of fullness, work to adopt a mindset of intentionality. Consider each and every commitment carefully. Clear your excess clutter. Focus on carefully choosing what you will add or subtract to your life. Every choice you make impacts your time and energy.

Seeking fullness over busyness does take a deliberate effort, but it is so worth it! A full life allows you to be more present. It means less stress. It looks like more margin (aka breathing room), and yes, more time.

To help maximize your time try:

  • Taking more breaks (keep your tank full).
  • Taking on less (accomplish what matters most).
  • Taking small steps (work one step at a time).

If you feel stuck and don’t know where to start, start small.

The hardest part of decluttering and organizing is often just getting started. When you commit to decreasing your clutter (physical, emotional, and mental), you will naturally help to increase your available time (and energies).

Minimizing clutter means maximizing time!

Morgan is a professional organizer (chaos calmer), writer (list lover), and exercise enthusiast (fitness fan), keep up with her on her site, Morganize with Me. Her mission is to share tried and true techniques that she hopes will encourage her readers and clients as they focus on their health and homes. Check out her new Book, Take Back Your Time, join one of her Organizing Challenges, listen to her Podcast, and be sure to check out her Shop full of fabulous organizing printables!