Does Your Life Need a Defrag?

Excuse me while I get all technical for a moment.

As a computer hard disk nears capacity, it gets fragmented.  That means, it starts to store bits and pieces of your files all over the place.  Each time you want to access something, your computer has to go and retrieve it from various dusty corners and ‘glue’ your information back together again… which takes longer and is less efficient.  Hence, savvy techie types do a periodic defrag of their computers, to get things running more smoothly again.

Ginali Mosaics

Ginali Mosaics, Etsy

Our modern lives are getting so fragmented, that similar things happen in your brain and your home.  The analogy is pretty clear with space and storage: the more full up your house is with stuff, the more likely it is that you have fragments: items of the same type, but stored in many different locations.  (Umbrellas?  Flashlights?  Sun cream, anyone?)  The obvious solution here is to have a good sort out, de-clutter and then put things away, so that like is stored with like.

Because you have many hats to wear in your life – I’m talking work, home, family, friends, community and hobbies – it’s very easy for your possessions to get fragmented.  Each different role you play probably requires different stuff.  If you toil 60 hours a week in a paid job, never bring work home with you, and have just 1 or 2 hobbies, your living space probably looks very different from that of the Mom-Etsy-Blogger who has 3 kids, volunteers for her church, cares for an elderly parent and is training for her ninth triathlon in between avid scrapbooking.

Ginali Mosaics

Ginali Mosaics, Etsy

And don’t forget your brain: the more different activities and roles which make up your life, the more different thoughts are swimming around up there, getting lost, found, and fragmented. You’d be very smart to follow David Allen‘s productivity advice and get all your to-do’s out of your head and down on paper.  Otherwise, your fragments will niggle at you and get in the way of valuable thinking and action time.

Ginali Mosaics

Ginali Mosaics, Etsy

In general, the more you can simplify your life, the fewer fragments you’ll have to deal with.   You might like to look at the number of plates you are spinning, and see if they are all truly bringing you joy.  Is there a fragment which you should kiss goodbye?

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6 Responses to Does Your Life Need a Defrag?

  1. Shelley says:

    Great analogy. Love those mosaics – very European (mask, Venetian; pin, Scottish).

  2. I think my whole
    life is ready for
    a de-frag! Great
    advice and food
    for thought….
    Suzanne

  3. As evidenced by the fact that I am doing a big reading catch-up and am about to comment on about 50 of your posts in a row… YES, my life needs a defrag in a big way.

    But, I think that I always feel that way, and I’ve had to accept that in large part, that is a choice that I make, and I like having a lot of things going on at one time. While it would be amazing if I didn’t have to work, I’m fortunate to do work that I enjoy, and the rest of my activities feel too important to let go of. So there you have it! Fortunately I can stand getting fewer than 8 hours of sleep per night (I know you get grumpy about that). :-) And even still, it is SO important to stay organized, or lots of thoughts and ideas get lost in the shuffle.

  4. Gwen says:

    Oh YES, I need to defrag! My problem is that it is taking so long to do so, but it is worth it. Letting go of the plates is really hard. Still, they make for good art!

  5. I would really benefit from a defrag in my life… (Mr SE does this regularly on our computers I believe – too technical for me!)
    Pretty mosiacs. Oh wish you lived in Melbourne!! XX

  6. Bromeliad says:

    Ironically, I am defragging a hard drive at this exact moment.

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