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Clearing the Clutter and Keeping Things Positive

I mentioned a few days ago that several of you have been asking for some organizational and productivity posts, and I am listening! This is one of those things that might not seem related to getting things organized and getting things done, but it is!

Facebook…we all probably spend a little too much time on it, and especially when you own your own business it is easy to convince yourself that your time spent on Facebook is business related. But really…it is a huge time sucker that steals away lots of time in the day when we could have been productive.

Aside from the fact that Facebook and other forms of social media can tend to steal time away from us doing big things in our business, or doing other things that really matter, I have one other huge issue with it. A few months ago I made a huge effort to eliminate things that are negative from my life. I know it might sound straight from a cheesy self help book, but this has made a huge difference for me. I get easily distracted by negative things in my life. I think about them more than I should and tend to let them make me worry unnecessarily.

So here is my challenge to you, and if you will do it will make a huge difference. Head over to Facebook, and clean up your newsfeed. If someone is contantly negative remove them from your feed, if you don’t even know this person remove them from your feed, if you find yourself feeling jealousy when you read their posts remove them from your feed, if you feel like you are in constant competition with someone remove them from your feed, if you feel irritated by their posts remove them from your feed. You don’t have to unfriend these people if you are not comfortable with that, but I think it is so important to clear the clutter and negativity from every aspect of our lives including social media. This might seem silly to you, it did to me at first too. But, when I actually did it, I can’t even tell you how relieved I felt. Removing negativity from your life will have a profound effect on how much you can accomplish and how you feel.

Why is this so hard? We like to know what is going on. This isn’t just a blog post for you to read, this is a post you should do something about! Leave me a note in the comments if you cleaned up your feed a bit, or if there is another topic you would love to be discussed in this new series!

Clear the clutter, and make time for what really matters.


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Such a great reminder!!

i really need to try this with the newsfeed! so helpful! thanks!!!! no negativity would be awesome!

Bethany McDonnell

This is good. I like the different categories you gave: posts making you angry, jealous, negative, frustrated…it is amazing what people choose to write before a public audience. I have cleaned up my news feed before, but it has been a while…time to do it again! :)

Caitie Sheppard

Going to do it TODAY! Woopie! Excited…. Is there a way to block negative people from commenting on your stuff? ;) Thanks for the tip!

Lauren Fair

So funny, I just cleaned up my newsfeed this weekend — it DOES feel good! less negativity = more productivity :)

i just started doing this recently and it makes me feel SO much better. it’s crazy how other peoples’ negativity/actions can so heavily influence our own emotions!

Maria Timms Roth

I have been doing this very thing for the past few weeks. Not just my friends but also those pages that I liked, just because at the time I thought I needed to like them. Cleaning the clutter don’t just mean in your home and office but anything in your life that gets cluttered. Great post! I always love reading your blog.

Eryn Crawford Kesler

gooooood stuff Ms. Kristin Schmucker! Love.

Niki Josephsen

I’ve done this, and it makes a HUGE difference when I don’t have to see the same people being so negative…I haven’t deleted them as a friend, I just don’t allow their posts to show up in my timeline…this is great advise…thanks for taking the time to share

Sandy Gerrettie

working on all the STUFF every day…the thoughts are getting there…the STUFF is out of here

Nancy Zirbas

Hi Kristin, Clearing the clutter of negative people/relationships is something that I have done. It is more difficult if they are family. Family has to stay but they don’t have to continue to influence my life. I used to think it was my job (insert God laughing) to be friends with all the people who no one else wanted to be friends with. What a lie from Satan. All this accomplished was creating a bunch of negative friendships I really didn’t need to begin with. I love the scripture that talks about iron sharpening iron. This is now my guideline for a friendship. If I am not sharpening them and they are not sharpening me…I don’t need it. Thanks for the blog!!!!!

Jessica Joshua Pruitt

Thank you so much for this post! I’ve never thought of doing this. Great way to “clean up the clutter.” Just cleaned up some of mine and I will continue doing so as I get on Facebook.


I so agree with this and will start to do it today. Very, very hard to block family, but I am so very negatively influenced for this person that depression sets in. Cant completely figure it out, but cant get over it either. Thanks for this.

Stephanie Nicole

Love this so so much, thank you!

Tiffany Martin

I have done this,but I need to go back to my list and clear more. I am so guilty of always using the excuse of using social media for business when in reality it just becomes a huge distraction for me and a breading ground for negativity. Thank you


I completely deleted my Facebook, am only following about 6 boards on Pinterest, and went from following 90-something people on Instagram to following about 15. I am SO much more productive now!

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