Creating space – for something new

2014-01-25 17.19.22 „The problem is not to find a new idea – but to get rid of the old ones.“ – John Maynard Keynes

It is obvious. If your life is totally crammed there is no space for new things.  If your flat, your cupboards, your calendar and last but not least your brain is too crammed there is no space for new things, new people, new thoughts.

Sometimes that is ok, but at other times it makes sense to create space.

Things: Famers 100 years ago owned between 100 and 10.000 Things. An average household today has 10.000 and more items in its walls. That is a lot. And lots of them we never use. It makes sense to create space by throwing out or giving away things that are no longer in use: Clothes, books, equippemnt.

To get rid of stuff costs time. But it is worth the effort. Afterwards we feel stronger and have more clarity.

Responsibilities: A few years ago I resigned from a work group I was part of. It was only one evening per month plus some additional events from time to time – but I felt that I needed to create space for something new. So I cleared my calendar and my brain from this group. And a short time later found out that I wanted to use the space to create a place that would motivate and inspire people.

Good habits: One way to prevent your files, bookshelves and cupboards from being cluttered it to develop the 1 in – 3 out habit. Every time you store something new think a moment try to get rid of 3 old ones:

  • a new magazine arrives in the mail: give or throw away 3 old ones.
  • you get or buy a new shirt – have a look at which of your old ones you no longer wear and give them away.
  • you buy a new book – sell or give away 3 of your old ones
  • you store a new file – have a glance and think which 3 files you can delete
  • you file a document – take a moment to think which 3 documents you no longer use.

I have practiced this habit for many years – and it works. I have a very small office space 3 x 3 m and only two shelves. But it is enough for a whold company as I continuously get rid of things that I no longer need. And it is fun, too.

There is more on the power of living an uncluttered life and its positive side effects on healt and weight loss !!! in the LEA online training course.




Drink Water

CIMG0366In Japan and other Asian countries, it is normal to begin the day by drinking „Durch Cialis habe ich mehr Lust auf Sex“ – Was ist dran? multiple glasses of warm (or at least not cold) water. This not only regulates the circulatory system but also has positive effects on weight, kidneys, lungs, stomach, blood pressure, digestion, and respiratory tract.


1. Drink water in the mornings

As soon as you get up, drink multiple glasses of water. I recommend preparing a jug or thermos of water the night before. The water should be at least room temperature, because cold water shocks the body. You can also add a little lemon to the water. This purifies the stomach. Then wait around 45 minutes before eating or drinking anything else.

2. Drink before meals

It’s best to drink one or two glasses of water before meals. This sates thirst and minimizes cravings.

3. Don’t drink anything for two hours after meals.

Drinking when eating dilutes the stomach acid and cold drinks can cause fatty foods to “clump.” Both make digestion more difficult. Don’t drink water or other drinks for two hours after eating a meal. Don’t worry: a digestive espresso or a small cup of tea is ok!