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Outsource Your Yard Sale and 5 More Tips for Getting More Done in 2015

This is the final installment in my series on how to declutter your business and your life, get more done and take control. Today’s tips crossover between personal and business focused. If you work at home, like I do, there is often not a clear distinction between home and office. While I have a very nice office dedicated to work, home creeps in. Kids drop stuff on my desk, personal bills are mixed in with business receipts and the bookshelves are overflowing in every room in the house. If you missed yesterday’s post, one of the tips was how and why you need to declutter you bookshelves, you can read it here.

While today’s tips seem to focus on the personal, they can apply to your business as well. If you run a home-based business, you might be surprise by what’s lying around the office that someone else would want. Take a look around, remember the rule of three from yesterday’s post and start getting ready to make some extra cash! There is an art to getting things done that requires consistent action and intention on your part.

#16 – Plan a Yard Sale—and Outsource it

A good, old-fashioned yard sale is a great way to clear out miscellaneous items of all varieties. Do it yourself, if you have time. Get to know your neighbors!

And if you don’t have time for that, “outsource” it to your older teens and/or your husband, mother, sister or whoever else you can bribe or pay to run it for you. (Or you can just let them keep whatever proceeds they make.)

One more thing: Arrange ahead of time how you will dispose of what is left over. Get your husband or mom or sister to take the leftovers to the dump or donate them to the local charity or hospital. Getting things done around the house is usually a family effort! Don’t try to do it all yourself, be willing to ask for help.

#17 – Donate to Other People’s Yard Sales

If organizing and holding a yard sale feels like too much time and effort away from your workload, find out when your church, local charities or neighbors are having their own yard sales.

Donate what you don’t want as extra items for their sale.

I love donating items to charitable organizations, it helps me out and makes money for causes that I am passionate about!

#18 – To Avoid Overwhelm, Set Daily Limits for Getting Things Done

If you have a lot to declutter—either online or offline—be realistic and consider whether or not physical limitations or emotional ones will likely have you quitting, half-way through. Break down your decluttering process into daily “chunks” for as long as you need to. Set limits in time or task: An hour a day or a task a day.

Try to make your decluttering sessions at the same time daily. Even if you decluttering for as little as fifteen minutes a day, this will become a habit—and your fifteen minutes will soon become a satisfying part of your daily routine.

I have found that scheduling time to do some decluttering during the late afternoon when I my energy is flagging gets me up and moving around. Plus, it doesn’t require a great deal of brain activity if I have been coaching or writing all day. Make sure not to schedule these activities during your best working hours!

#19 Exercise is the Quickest Way to Recharge Your Mind, Body and Energy Level which will help you get more done!

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Even if you are a self-declared couch potato, do your best to take a break and indulge in a type of exercise you like, such as yoga or tai chi. Go swimming! Cross-country ski. And if you have a pet, it’s time to improve your pet’s quality of life: Pay attention to him and go for a short walk (you’ll both benefit!)

If you don’t “know how” to exercise, join a gym. Most gyms provide free initial consultations with a personal trainer – and this can make all the difference between loving your daily exercise routine and loathing it.

#20 Use a password manager – really!

 

This unlikely tip is one of the best time-savers! Trust me, as an entrepreneur I find myself forever hunting for forgotten passwords and emailing websites, asking for passwords to be reset. Here’s what one  Virtual Assistant, Isobel H. said about lost passwords: “In one morning where I had to access little-used social networks for a client, I estimate I lost over an hour hunting for the passwords, re-setting them, looking for confirmation emails and troubleshooting why some of the re-sets didn’t work. And that sort of password chaos used to be a regular thing for me.”

Solution: Use an online tool like LastPass to manage all your passwords in one go or write them all down in the same place. I still love paper and keep a small notebook with passwords in it that I can easily access.

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Not remembering passwords and having to hunt for them or request resets is not only a time loss, it’s distracting, scattering focus away from the key task at hand. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t need any more distractions!

#21 – Realize that working more hours does not equal more productivity

 

I could write an entire blog post just about this  topic! There is an overwhelming amount of evidence through multiple studies that drastically demonstrates the counter-productivity of overwork.

The Japanese, well-known for their dedication – and long hours in the workplace – know this so well, they have a specific name for overwork-related deaths.

Working incredibly long hours can cause:

  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic stress
  • Chronic body pain (particularly back)
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Edema
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • “Burnout”

Furthermore, “MRI scans of fatigued brains look exactly like ones that are sound asleep”, according to Entrepreneur.com, which cites a sobering number of these studies.

Not getting enough sleep will not only tire you and put you at greater risk of accidents and mistakes, it will prematurely age you and lead to health problems, too. You will actually lose productivity, on top of all this.

There is no virtue in overwork.

And there is serious risk to your health.
Put your time into better organization, better work habits and beating procrastination.
Save time, enjoy life more – and get things done.