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Last updated on April 2nd, 2012 at 12:50 pm
I totally love the idea of being organized. Its the process that always gets me in the end. Re-opening my favorite Feng Shui book last week reminded me of a key element to space clearing. Pay attention to the areas that are blocked and clean them out.
I think this is a sign I’m disorganized about my dream . . . and maybe my life.
I looked at the office and realized that the corner of the room that identifies with wealth and abundance is the “junk drawer” of the room. Miscellaneous filing supplies, ink cartridges waiting for recycling and a giant fan that came in really handy for about 5 days this year when the temperature got above 80.
You don’t have to buy into any of this, but I’m open to anything that frees up energy and potentially can help with my big dreams.
Getting through the pile
How much crap do you have on your desk? I tend to start out with specific piles — what I’m working on now, what I need to touch soon, and cool information that seems really vital at the time.
The problem we all run into is that these piles morph over time and with use, or lack thereof.
For example, during a clearing session this weekend, my “cool information” pile included:
-Â Â Â Research on a product I decided not to buy yet
-Â Â Â A page from a blog on a topic that I found better resources for since printing it out
-Â Â Â An old design for the next Forward Motion Studios business card
-Â Â Â Coupons that have expired
-Â Â Â My last Google places report (Note to self: this information is available online… why do I print this stuff out?)
80% of this was ephemera that wound up in recycling. The rest of the extra stuff had to be categorized. That was WAY easier to figure out once I could figure out what the papers were.
Now my brilliant business coach Remy mentioned a fact to me today. With most of her clients that end the day with aÂ clean desk, they felt they had more creativity in their day. In my business, that can be vital.
What’s in your pile?
This could be a pile on your desk, in your office, or even in your car. How do you feel once you clean it up? A great tool to get you started is in this article on Entrepreneur.com.
Here’s to (attempting) continued organization!
Heather’s dream is to have multiple streams of income, starting with launching an e-commerce website that showcases her one-of-a-kind designer jewelry, which are crafted by her. Her newly launched sites are couture jewelry available through For Your Adornment on Etsy.com, and Twitter background designs on Twitter And Beyond Dot Com. She also teaches Social Media tactics for business, besides being CEO of her own web design company. Heather’s post day is Thursday.
Heather Montgomery is a fitness writer, triathlete, and serial entrepreneur who is devoted to sharing what she has learned about becoming a triathlete after age 40. She uses her Metabolic Training Certification to help other women struggling to get fit in mid-life. She lives and trains in Santa Rosa, California, the new home of the Ironman triathlon. You can find her biking the Sonoma County wine trails.
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