04/10/2013 08:44 BST | Updated 04/12/2013 05:12 GMT

The Ten Commandments of Clutter: Simplify Everything to Be Happier and More Effective

Life can get pretty complicated, with a million and one things that need to be done at once. Sigh. Luckily, in a cave somewhere, they've found the Ten Commandments of Clutter. Read and follow.

The Ten Commandments of Clutter: Simplify everything to be happier and more effective.

  1. Thou shalt take at least 5/10 minutes a day to just chill and do nothing.
  2. Thou shalt focus on one thing at once. If necessary, switch thy iPhone off to do this.
  3. Thou shalt simplify your schedule. Cut non-essential clutter to free up time, energy and brainpower.
  4. Thou shalt throw stuff away. (Physical clutter = mind clutter.)
  5. Thou shalt only have 3 windows open on your computer at any one time. (Too many windows open will always do thy head in.)
  6. Thou shalt get enough sleep. (Lack of sleep is often related to a fuzzy mind. Zzzzz.)
  7. Thou shalt be aware that when thou browses ye olde Facebook and Twitter, your mind becomes engaged in 'continuous partial attention'. Thou shalt use a program like StayFocusd to sort this one out.
  8. Thou shalt remember that the best things in life don't have a screen.
  9. Thou shalt take time to just think: when you are doing the least work, you are the most active.
  10. Thou shalt remember the words of ol' Leonardo: 'Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication'.

Many people tell me they are struggling with life overload. There's more information on this on my website. Physical, mental and digital clutter gets too much and loads on top of each other. So give all this a go. You never know what might happen.