Do you have room for anything new? I have to admit, I’m a little intrigued by a new development in real estate – it’s called the “Tiny House” movement. I guess it is not all that surprising because trends tend to go from one extreme to another. Where we all once wanted big, now we’re very much into downsizing.
Everyone wanted big houses and then when the house gets full, the next step is the family goes out to rent a storage unit. Look around town and you’ll find a plethora of storage facilities, most are probably nearly at capacity. It used to be that storage facilities were for people in transition – moving from one place to another and they only needed some temporary storage until they had permanent plans. Now, we all know people who have a storage unit to store things that won’t fit into their homes. So the opposite extreme would be a Tiny House, I guess. Is tiny house living worth it?
The Rule Of Living Big
Instead of collecting more and more, people who live in small spaces often have a rule: If something new comes in, something old has to leave. Reasonable, right? When you have too much stuff cluttering up your living space, not only is it hard to get around (think hoarders) but it’s also hard to make choices and decisions. All the stuff just starts piling up and will begin weighing you down. And in that lies a lesson for business owners.
Jack Canfield says:
“We can only pay attention to so many things at one time, and each promise, agreement, or item on your to-do list leaves fewer “attention units” to dedicate to completing present tasks and bringing new opportunities and abundance into your life.”
When the attention units in your brain are all used up, you miss out on ideas and opportunities that could totally change your life. An “Attention Unit” is a bit of information that goes into your memory bank and takes up space inside of your head. For example, when you start a project or make an agreement or identify a change you need to make, you add something into the storage area in your brain taking up an “attention unit.” Just like the sticky notes on your computer and the stacks of paper piled up on your desk distract you, the attention units stored in your head distract you, too. And with all that physical and mental clutter stealing your attention, the pile of “incompletes” gets bigger and grows higher too. The clutter in our minds distracts us and decreases our productivity.
Canfield admonishes us with this:
“The truth is that 20 things completed have more power than 50 things half completed.”
You know that all the half-completes are a distraction in and of themselves both mentally and in reality. For instance, two finished books are much more useful than 13 that you have started but not finished. The main reason this is so important, besides the obvious of divided attention and diluted efforts, is that in order to make space for something new, you have to make room for it. If there happens to be something new that you want in life, you have to make some room for it – both psychologically and physically. You need to start focusing on eliminating some of those things that are taking up your precious attention units. Set priorities about what is going to be your focus and act on those!