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Does your business need a little decluttering? When you're decluttering a space, you're bringing in new energy into your home. The same thing can be said for business; it needs decluttering too!
It’s too easy to get stuck in the day-to-day operations of your business when there are too many things going on! With a business too messy to deal with alone, you might end up wasting time and energy on things that aren’t 100% necessary for your business.
Decluttering isn't limited to getting rid of things that you don't want in your professional life — it's a way to streamline your business, improve your workflow, and generate more revenues. Here are some areas of your business that needs a good decluttering right now:
We’re talking about your physical workspace, where the action happens. Look around you, does your workspace makes you feel inspired? Does it motivate you to work hard and earn more money?
A messy workspace leads to a cluttered mindset, and you don’t want that if you’re running a business. Your workspace should be organized; it should push you to focus on your core business. You won’t concentrate when you can’t even find what you’re looking for because of all the mess!
Make a habit out of eliminating things in your office that you don’t really need. Organize your files, pack small items in a box, clean up your desk, remove any item you haven’t used in years, and call it a day. Always make time to tidy up before the next workday.
Your computer is your virtual workspace. If you haven’t decluttered your computer in months, it probably takes forever and a day to boot up. Clean your computer by purging old files and deleting tools and software programs that you don’t need. Finally, avoid downloading any tools if you don’t need them!
If you’ve made a habit of signing for every newsletter, webinar, or virtual summit invites, your inbox must be bursting with subscription emails and spam emails. Cancel any online subscriptions that you don’t really need to free more space in your inbox and avoid paying for things you don’t need! Sometimes we sign up for memberships to widen our network and generate leads, but if it’s been years since you’ve read subscription content or had a chat in a specific online forum, it’s time to hit the cancel or unsubscribe button. Focus only on content that you need.
When was the last time you’ve updated your product or services page? The products you had three years ago may no longer be offered today, or some seasonal offers may have expired already. You need to check your website content and see if product descriptions need a little updating. If your website visuals look outdated, it's time to give these a refresh.
If your business no longer offers a certain program or courses, or they’ve become stale for some reason, you can repurpose these or stop running them altogether for a fresh start. If there are visuals or content on your website that are no longer in line with your vision or brand, remove or update these to achieve consistent branding.
You might not know it, but some aspects of your workflow may keep you from being 100% productive. Or, in some cases, to-dos get too long that it puts you off from working altogether. How many items on your to-do lists are necessary? Do you complete a task simply because you think you should? Are you really getting the most out of your workflow?
Decluttering your day-to-day business operation helps refocus your energy on essential tasks. If your daily and weekly tasks get too overwhelming for one person, then perhaps you should try outsourcing some of these tasks. Check your schedule, are all the tasks you’re supposed to do essential for your business? If some tasks are not 100% necessary, remove them and make way for better things.
Don’t hold on to specific items of paperwork that you don’t need. All these stale files will only pile up, eating a huge chunk of space on your desk. Go through these files, keep the ones you need, and then off to the trash for the rest. If you can go digital, do it. Scan essential files and store them in the cloud – just print these out when you need them. By going digital, you can access your files anywhere and anytime while saving desk space!
It’s hard to let go of things you don’t need but trust me, your business will be bigger and better if you optimize your digital and physical space. By keeping your physical and digital space tidy and neat, you’ll feel more motivated to slay all day at work!
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