Streamlining has been on my mind these past few days.
You know when someone says something, or you read something and then you SEE IT EVERYWHERE.
Yeah, that's me this week and streamlining, de-cluttering, making things simple and more elegant.
So I'm going to share why it's so important and why you should think about it (and do it!) as much as you can.
Where ARE you?
First let's look at you—where are you working, what's your office look like (admittedly I am cheating writing this at the big white space of my dining table not the 'slightly' busier space of my desk!)? If you're surrounded by clutter it's going to distract you. Really it is. It's that 'head space' that gets taken up thinking about 'the mess' that can distract you from doing your Thing as well as you could be doing it. I always compare how much work I get done on a train or in a cafe where all I have are the essentials I need—Macbook, pen & paper. Sometimes I don't even take the Macbook. I get LOADS done when all I have is all I need and nothing more. Hmm, a coincidence? I don't think so.
And while I am not a Feng Shui expert, or can even begin to explain the true nature of energy, what I do know is that clutter absorbs you - it absorbs your energy and encroaches into your space.
So get rid of it!
Clear your desk. Get going on that filing.
Here's a tip for tackling the filing by the way—get an intervention! I did this the other day where I asked (OK begged!) my lovely VA to come over and be 'real' and not virtual for a day and MAKE me do my filing by doing it with me. You know what, we got it done! Just ask for help and it will be sorted. Phew. Mountain of paper dealt with.
Do, Delegate or Dump
The famous 3 ways recommended for handling the paperwork or tasks you have to do. And in fact on Googling it some more it seems some people say you can also add Delay and Discuss to these. Hmm, those last 2 sound like a recipe for more paper left on your desk though :)
And what about in your business—do you have clients that are cluttering up your business? Obviously I am not suggesting that you clear out all your existing clients (not a good idea!) but you could apply the principles of Do, Dump or Delegate to them...
Change this to Keep, 'Let go' or ask a colleague or partner to work with them. Look at the clients you LOVE to work with, and those that are taking up a lot of time in your business for not much return. We all have them (and I am sure I AM one for some businesses) but those clients who are less A-List celebrity who are gracious, excited about working with you, and joy to be with and instead more more Z-List celebrity with the demands of a diva. Time to let them go... to a good home if you can... as one person's Z-List celebrity client is another's A-List so make the process a win-win for you and the client, send them where they are welcome.
And what about what you sell?
What does your product and service list look like? Is it what I call a 'Chinese takeaway menu' with endless noodle & rice & sauce combinations? Or is it a beautiful set menu the chef knows is the perfect combination of tastes, flavours, textures and satisfaction?
You're the chef in your business, you know that, right? Don't try and 'cook everything' just because you can. Prepare for us the perfect choices and menu of products & services you know are you totally doing your Thing.
Make it easy for your clients to chose what to buy from you and you'll make it a LOT easier to sell to them too.
Streamline you, your office & what you sell.
It will make it easier to think, work and buy from you.
...now where's that recycling bin...?
Want to talk more about this?