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Little hurdles in your way of taking action often don’t seem like a big deal.

Do a few dirty dishes that need to be cleaned really prevent you from cooking a healthy meal?  Does having a pile of dirty laundry on your bed really stop you from getting enough sleep? Does a messy desk or computer desktop really get in the way of eating your frog in the morning?

The answer is yes, definitely, and hell yes!

That’s where the next productivity technique comes in: Clearing to Neutral. The main idea behind Clearing To Neutral is that once you finish an activity, you do a little routine to set yourself up for success next time. You want to make it as easy as possible for your future self to take action. Any bit of friction increases the chance of distraction and procrastination… dramatically.

Back to Basics Technique #2 – Clear To Neutral

Watch this video to see how it works.

Next Action

Read this classic post on Clearing to Neutral. Then, implement it! If you need more examples of CTN, we have a list here that will give you more ideas.

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Last Updated: December 14, 2020

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  1. I love this. Great tip and ritual to invest into. This is a habit that I have, but I’m a little OCD with it. I can’t have anything in my way or out of place. It irritates me until I have cleared the way. I find that when my space if free of clutter I work much better. I call it preparing the battlefield. I also do this as a ritual before bed. I go around decluttering and putting things away before I lay down to sleep that way everything is where it is supposed to be when I wake up. I don’t have to spend time trying to remember where things are. Making my time much more productive and efficient. Less stress and less chaos.

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