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This is one of the things that has surprised me most about happiness and habits. For most people, an orderly environment helps them feel more energetic, more creative, and more cheerful. This isn't true for everyone, but it's true for most people.
In my forthcoming book about how we make and break habits, I explore the Strategy of Foundation. I argue that habits in four key areas -- sleep, move, eat and drink right, and unclutter -- strengthen our self-command, and therefore help us to keep our good habits. (To hear when my habits book goes on sale, sign up here.)
Of course, a major challenge with Foundation habits is that, ironically, they’re often the very habits that we’re trying to adopt. Outer order contributes to inner calm, true, but having inner calm makes it much easier to create outer order.
Do you find that working on the area of "unclutter" helps you? Does outer order contribute to your inner calm?
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