Even though we are coming into Autumn here in the Southern Hemisphere, it is time for a spring clean.
I was talking with a client yesterday who is dealing with overwhelm in their business, which is spilling over into their personal lives as well.
Most business owners have dealt with this at some time or another, so you are not alone in it.
Here are some quick tips . . .
As SME’s (or Small to Medium Enterprise business owners) we have many things to manage and deal with.
And it doesn’t seem to matter how small or how advanced the business is, these things still crop up.
Long hours lead to tiredness.
Too much to do leads to overwhelm.
Clutter causes confusion.
Lack of organisation leads to inaction, which only compounds the whole scenario.
And so a downward spiral can start which has an awful ending if not addressed.
The first thing that I do when I start to experience this is to take a look around me.
Usually, I see that my workspace is cluttered, often with things on the floor as well as the desk.
There is so much “stuff” around that I cannot “see the wood for the trees”.
I cannot see what needs to be done or what I need to focus on.
And the result is inaction.
So my first step is a quick spring clean of my office.
It might only take 5-10 minutes if things have not gotten too bad, or longer if things are out of hand!
But . . .
Time invested in this seemingly non-productive activity gets me back on track.
I call it my Office Spring Clean, regardless the time of year.
What to do?
I literally pull everything off my desk and put it in a pile in the corner.
While the desk is clear, I give it a good dusting and a clean so I have a fresh start.
A fresh start at everything – which is just what you need in this situation.
Then I go to the pile and pick things up one at a time and action them.
If it is a biro, I put it in a place where it is ready for use.
If it is a piece of paper, like a receipt or a memo, then I action it immediately and get it out of the way.
If it something that I no longer use or need, I trash it immediately.
Just like a holiday . . .
This is great for getting things done, and clearing the way for more things to get done.
If you’ve ever done this process, you will know that it is not only physical cleansing of your work space, but also a spiritual cleansing of your spirit and mind that will enable you to start working a again with renewed energy and a fresh vigour.
My workspace is an office.
Yours might be a workshop, a garden or a kitchen.
But the same things applies to whatever or where-ever your workspace is.
Over time, you will collect clutter in the space which distracts you from the important things at hand.
So get rid of it!
The way to eat an elephant is one mouthful at a time.
Overwhelm is simply the inability to break your work life down into manageable chunks.
And this Spring Clean process helps to clear your mind and identify bite size chunks of work to get on with.
How will you implement this in your business?
Well, that is quite simple really!
Watch this short VIDEO
How to Unclutter Your Life in One Week—Episode 1: Closet Organisation
What should you do now?
- Give your work space a good Spring Clean.
- Notice how your productivity improves.
- Want some help or ideas? Just contact us at Hotpink Websites now.
Three Rules of Work:
- Out of clutter find simplicity;
- From discord find harmony;
- In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Remember – Time for a spring clean