A lot times in life, many of us find ourselves with so many obligations and tasks that we simply can’t keep up.

We need to declutter our lives.

When I say declutter, I mean to put your life into some kind of order so you can get things done – and get them done in a reasonable amount of time.

I heard a young lady say in class last week that she didn’t have time to eat right. This was a class about pre-diabetes, and she felt she didn’t have time to eat right. I thought to myself, If you don’t have time to eat right, then you’re going to be sick with diabetes and possibly die or be severely hurt!

We need to apply the same principle to scholarships. We need to make time for scholarships. If not, we’re going to hurt financially in the future. By “we”, I mean teens AND their parents.

So I have four steps that I want you to think about as you navigate this process to declutter your life.

The first step is determine your big rocks. In life, you have many things going on. I know kids who are so busy that their parents are doing their scholarships for them because they don’t have time. I kind of laugh at that because the truth is you make time for what’s important.

Again: you make time for what’s important.

If you fall into this group, where your responsibilities are consuming you, I want you to do the following: I want you to look at the big rocks in your life – the clubs you’re in, the teams you play on, the volunteering that you do. If you want to go to college, scholarship searches have to become a part of that list.

You have to make the scholarship-search process one of your big rocks. 

Once you fully commit to that, it won’t be about whether or not you make time for it – you’ll just have to.

The next step is to prioritize. Figure out how to prioritize and program those big rocks into your week – into the same number of days, minutes, seconds, weeks that you have like everybody else.

You may find there are some rocks you can delegate. By all means, do so. This is an effective use of your valuable time.

With the rocks you can’t delegate, map out a plan on how to balance them while still eating right, getting your sleep, doing your homework, and making sure your grades stay strong. Don’t forget about those things – you still have to get them done.

Last, make sure you share your successes and failures with somebody. You can’t do it by yourself. You won’t do it by yourself. If you could do it by yourself, you would’ve done it by yourself already.

Sharing your progress, good or bad, with someone you trust or respect is accountability. It’s integral to making sure your life stays decluttered.

So I need you to stop, determine your big rocks, prioritize what’s important (such as scholarship searches), and delegate what you can in your life. I also want you to share your successes and failures with somebody so they can encourage you, celebrate your progress, and keep you on track!

Do you have any tips or tricks on decluttering your life? Share them in the comments below.

Until next time, take care and God bless!