Increase Productivity and Organize Better: Busting Myth #2 About Overwhelm

Dispelling Productivity and Organizing Myths

In today’s fast-paced world, productivity and organization are key factors in living a successful and fulfilling life. However, there are several common myths that often hinder our ability to achieve our goals and stay organized. In this series, we will explore and debunk the top 10 productivity and organizing myths that have plagued us for far too long.

Let’s start by addressing the first myth:

Myth: I cannot stop the email, paper mail, and physical things from coming at me.

Reality: You can stop much of the paper mail, email, and ‘stuff’ from coming at you and encroaching on your life.

In a world where information overload is the norm, it may seem impossible to escape the constant influx of emails, paper mail, and physical items. However, there are proactive steps that you can take to minimize this influx and regain control of your life.

Case 1 – Email

One of the biggest culprits of overwhelming inboxes is unwanted email. If you find yourself being bombarded with emails that you have no interest in reading, take the initiative to unsubscribe from those mailing lists. Send a polite email to the sender requesting to be removed from their distribution list, explaining your email reduction efforts. Not only will this help declutter your inbox, but it will also prevent future emails from that source.

Case 2 – Paper mail

Another source of clutter in our lives is paper mail, including subscriptions to periodicals and catalogs. Take a moment to reflect on whether you actually read and enjoy the magazines and catalogs you receive. If not, it’s time to take action. Contact the customer service number provided in the front pages of the publications and catalogs and request to cancel your subscription. Be clear in your request, asking them to delete or mark your record to ensure no future mailings are sent to you. Imagine the relief you’ll experience without a backlog of unread magazines and catalogs cluttering your living space.

Case 3 – Stuff

We all accumulate things over time, especially during holidays and special occasions. However, if these items do not bring value or joy to your life, it’s time to let go. Suppose you find yourself surrounded by unwanted gifts, such as fancy tea bags, sweaters, or pens. In that case, it’s important to find a way to declutter without offending the givers. Consider donating the items to people in need or promoting the concept of event-only gifts in the future. By expressing your preference for experiences rather than material possessions, you can encourage others to consider alternative gift options.

The key to curbing clutter and regaining control of your life is to be creative and diligent. Taking proactive steps to reduce the influx of unnecessary items will lead to a more organized and fulfilling existence.

As we continue this series on dispelling productivity and organizing myths, remember that you have the power to shape your environment and make choices that align with your goals and values. Stay tuned for the next installment, where we will unravel another common myth that hinders our ability to lead productive and organized lives.

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About the Author:

Susan Sabo is an experienced traveler, having visited 47 countries. Her knack for organization has allowed her to venture overseas for months at a time. She shares her insights and expertise on productivity through her blog,, where she also offers group presentations and one-on-one consultations.

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