how to dejunk your business

21 Ways to Declutter Your Business and get more organized – Part 2

If you missed part 1 of this 7 day series on 21 ways to declutter your business, you can read it here. Fall is a great time to get your physical and your virtual house in order. Yesterday’s tips focused on your business and your taxes. Today we are getting more  practical with 3 great tips on how to get more organized. We all read articles like this one and go, “Yeah, I could do that” or “Wow, that makes sense, I should do that…” but we rarely take action.

I want to encourage you to just pick one or two of the 21 suggestions I will be sharing over the next week and get them started. Don’t try to tackle all of them or even too many of them at once – that just creates more overwhelm.

Instead, decide where you need to most support, the most clarity and schedule time in your calendar to take action. Scheduling time in your calendar for things like cleaning your desk means you are committing to yourself. When you start to commit to yourself and take powerful actions, your business will start to grow and more money will flow in. It works every time!

In fact, I read a story from a coaching friend today who’s client was concerned about money. She cleaned her messy desk and found a check for $3,000! While we won’t all be so lucky, clearing up your clutter will make a big difference in all areas of your life.

#3 Use Mobile Apps

I freely admit that I am not sure I could live without my iPhone. I am addicted, both for business and for my personal life. I am always on the lookout for new apps to help me get more organized. I travel quite a bit, so one that tracks expenses can be very useful, like Expensify, pictured in the image below. Other favorites are Evernote and the apps for LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Just having a place to take quick notes or record voice memos is awesome, too.

expensify

Is half your life lived on your mobile? If your answer is “yes”, consider using mobile apps to help you stay organized.

Types of mobile apps you can download include:

  • To-do lists
  • Schedulers
  • Expense tracking apps
  • Dictation and recording apps
  • Social media scheduling and tracking apps

Plus all those personal apps that free up more time for your business.

#4 Maintain your Office!

Once you have de-cluttered your physical workspace, fit maintaining it into your daily routine. File everything the moment you use it and take note of where clutter tends to build up again.

I don’t know about you, but I have this one box and space on my desk where I tend to file papers and it fills up quickly. I still haven’t quite figured out the best system for me, but I am working on it! Here is a picture of my desk on a pretty normal day.

clear the clutter

Clutter is a sign that something is not working for you. So analyze what you are missing and do something about it. It might be a bigger in-tray, or a different place to put your pencil holder or a bulletin board instead of a wall calendar—but whatever gives you problems, don’t wait till clutter builds up again. Fix it straight away, make sure it works—and get back to keeping your office clean; an inspirational, organized, pleasant place to work.

One of the things that has helped us tremendously as a family is a large white board calendar that shows four months at a glance, you can see it to the right of my desk. This allows us to see all the family, kid and business events that are coming up. I have learned that when the kids had me a piece of paper or I get an email about an event, it goes immediately on the calendar and then I can recycle that piece of paper and get it off my desk.

#5 Get Household Help

Don’t just outsource your online business tasks: Do the same for your physical space and offline responsibilities too.

Pay the children to walk the dog. Invest in a cleaning service—and have them dust, polish and vacuum your office too. But if you were to get more information on substituting house help with a good robot vacuum cleaner, you’d know that the latter would be cheaper in the long run. Ask your husband to split the cooking with you.

Getting organized and creating more time to build your business takes a team approach. Even having someone come in to do deep cleaning once a month can make a big difference in how you feel about your space.

My kids are old enough now that they do their own laundry, clean their bathroom, help with the dishes and general housekeeping and can even cook dinner. It’s made a big difference, not just in helping my husband and I focus on other tasks to get done but in teaching our children to take responsibility and contribute to the household. I am preparing them to go off to college knowing how to take care of themselves.

What one thing will you focus on this week? Commit to spending 30 minutes working on decluttering one area of your business! Remember that when you declutter your business, more creativity and more money will follow!