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Noe Todorovich is a Washington, DC based lifestyle photographer, and this is her blog. She shares musings, travels, photographs, tips, suggestions and more.

Reducing the Clutter

Noe Todorovich

The more things change, the more they stay the same. There’s nothing new under the sun.

And other cliches.

All that to say...I’m circling back to a topic I’ve written about before.

I’m stretched too thin.

In many realms and in many ways, I simply can’t keep up. There is so much I want to do, so much I want to learn, so much I want to say. Yet I find myself at a loss for words and at a loss for time. One day runs into the next and at best, if lucky, I maintain status quo. But I don’t feel like I’m making progress. Without feeling like I’m making progress, I lose motivation. Losing motivation, I make less progress. The vicious cycle continues.

STOP.

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It’s time to simplify. As I wrote before, it’s time to do less, so I can do more. So, I ask myself...

What am I doing?

Time is a commodity. You never “find time” to do things or see people. You make time. Where is it that all my time (and maybe more importantly, energy) is going?

What do I really want to do?

If I’m really honest with myself, I don't have enough time for all the things that I'm interested in. There simply isn't enough time in the day for it all, so I must prioritize interests and ideas. If I eliminate things that are of a lesser priority, I can increase the time I have for my top priorities. So, if I can’t do everything—I can’t—then what makes the cut?

What needs to be scaled back or even cut entirely?

Something’s gotta give. I may joke that I want to have my damn cake and eat it too, complete with ice cream. But at the end of the day, I know there are limitations on what can be done and done well. Where can I trim some fat off my day? What do I need to just let go of so I can remove some clutter from my life and better focus on what really matters to me?

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I think this post is a cathartic activity with a bonus of accountability. Writing helps me better formulate my thoughts and think something through. I figured I’m probably not alone, so I decided to share these thoughts in case it might help you. I’ve also put it out there. Now what will I do? Stay tuned to see what photography ideas and projects make the cut and become my focus...