If you are clearing out and decluttering (and I hope you are, it’s a continuous process of letting go to make room for the new), Karen Kingston in her book Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui has us ask three questions.
As you look as an object ask:
1. Does it lift my energy when I think about it or look at it?
2. Do I absolutely love it?
3. Is it genuinely useful and do I use it?
I love that first question. Tracking your energy is one of the most personal and one of the best ways you get to the core of yourself. You may think you need to keep something, but if you feel tired every time you see it, is it best for your environment?
And this works for more than just clutter. If you are looking to where you want to spend your time, your goal will be to spend the most time on things that give you energy. If you are trying to find out what is important to you, look to your energy.
If you are finding nothing gives you energy, first go to the doctor to check for a medical problem or depression and secondly think back to the last time you were energetic. What were you doing? Try bringing this into your current life by moving aside an activity that drains your energy. Bring in music for an evening and throw out a TV show. Start writing again, if that is your passion, an evening a week instead of sitting through a meeting you don’t need to be at.
The times you need to do an energy draining activity, cushion it with something that makes your energy soar. After struggling with homework, play outside in nature with your kids. After paying bills, connect with a friend.
I think I just got off on a tangent here 🙂