Clear the Clutter in Your Business for Spring
Spring is the time of year for renewal. Sure, at the beginning of the year we all set new goals, but by spring we start realizing what is getting in the way of accomplishing those goals. It’s the perfect time to clear away the clutter. When you do, you reach a streamlined state of mind where you suddenly feel like you can take off with no more obstacles weighing you down.
Take a look around you and your working environment. Where did all the stuff come from? When you clear the clutter from your mental and physical world you suddenly achieve the freedom to transform your “someday” into now.
The last couple months I’ve been on a gradual clutter clearing mission. It’s amazing how many new clients and how much new income has dropped into my life as I’ve streamlining my working space, my life and my mindset. This mission has gone way beyond re-arranging bookcases. I’ve carted out garbage bags of stuff from filing cabinets. I’ve taken boxes of books to the Goodwill. There was a sewing machine tucked in a closet I hadn’t used in over a decade. I had a massive computer desk and office chair I never used crowding my office. I had Colleen’s Consignments pick up the furniture and I actually made a little money getting rid of them.
- Stuff that no longer brings you joy or a practical benefit.
- Whatever requires more time and attention than it’s worth.
- Items you keep out of obligation rather than because you love them.
- Thing you own that don’t enhance your life on a regular basis.
- Unfinished business that can weigh you down emotionally.
- Stuck energy that can drag you down or hold you back.
When you read through the points above what feelings do the ideas of clutter bring up for you? Does your working environment bring you feelings of peace, calm and positive energy for working? Or, do some areas feel chaotic? Some corners in our office we don’t even want to look at because they represent something unpleasant.
What causes clutter to appear in your office? Suddenly, there it is. Clutter represents all the tasks you haven’t completed yet. Your clutter could be about completing a proposal, reading a book, paying an invoice or any other myriad of unfinished tasks. Clutter actually represents indecision in our lives which is why it can take a lot of mental energy to get through it.
Can you delegate clutter to someone else? Of course. There are professional organizers in the Vegas Valley happy to help. Or, people who simply love to organize.
I recommend a co-creative approach. Work together with someone who can provide the moral support and extra hands to get it done, but you’re still in charge of the decisions. Maybe you have a friend or colleague who can help you. Then another day you help them.
Bill, a marketing mentoring client of mine, was feeling overwhelmed. He had ambitious goals he committed to at the beginning of each year, but he was confronted with clutter every time he walked in his office. It was impossible for him to stay on track. He had too many things to think about:
- Should he invest in a new home?
- Should he join a health club and lose those 10 pounds?
- Should he keep the new TV that was too expensive or return it?
Papers were piled up on his desk. What to do? As a result, Bill became immobilized and indecisive.
I suggested he stop all activity temporarily and take a little time reconnect with his goals. Then, it was time to eliminate everything from his office and his life that didn’t move him closer to his goals. He pitched out hundreds of papers and old files. He returned the expensive TV. He joined the health club. Gradually, Bill relaxed with new enthusiasm and positive energy and got back on track.
Now that the big desk I didn’t use, file piles and other distractions are gone, I actually feel more like working and accomplishing things in my office. I’m spending less time working with my laptop and free wifi at Starbucks or Barnes & Noble.
Consider your work environment. Does it support you or hold you back? Clearing clutter will transform your business and your life by releasing negative emotions of indecision and generating positive energy. This allows you to create space and time for what you really want to create in your business and life.
Denise Michaels is author of the business bestseller, “Testosterone-Free Marketing: the Yin and Yang of Marketing for Women. Along with bestselling author Stacey Hall, they have developed the “Occupy Your Life… NOW!” workshop happening June 2nd through 4th in Henderson, NV. It’s all about what works and what to release in 2012 in your business and your life. Click here for more information, videos and registration.