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114 Key Principles for Success

Principle 60 - Keep Your Desk Clean

One way to go down the spiral of darkness is to be messy. Your desk is a representation of your life. If you can keep your desk clean then the rest of your house and life will also likely be neat. Don't underestimate this little habit. Remember that small changes = BIG RESULTS.

Mess and clutter are a constant reminder of how your life is out of control. Too many things coming in and not enough going out.

I have a friend who had a few bad habits in terms of keeping clean. These few habits nearly contributed to his death.

If each day you leave one thing out, on the floor this builds up over time. Some of the consequences are bugs, roaches, mice, mold, depression, loneliness.

Just some daily and weekly attention to cleanliness can go a long way. Daily you should be putting things away, putting trash away. To put things away everything needs a place.

On a weekly basis, a more thorough cleaning is needed. Tasks such as vacuuming, dusting, bathrooms, etc. If you don't like these tasks and can afford them, get a cleaning person to help.
The biggest excuse I hear is "I'm lazy", "I don't have time."

So the main component is being convinced that this is a problem, then doing something about it.

Once you're convinced it's a matter of making it a habit. The main habits are:
  • Leave your space cleaner than the way you found it
  • Throw out 2 things before bringing in one new thing
  • Clean up after eating
  • Put dishes in the dishwasher, not in the sink
  • Sweep up small messes

If you can't keep your desk, room, apartment, or house clean how can you tackle the bigger problems in your life?

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