Making Room for Awesome Business Ideas

5 Jan 2011 | written by Chris Finken for the Small Business Tips section(s)

Making Room for Awesome Business Ideas
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You know how some people enjoy using yoga or meditation to relieve stress?  Well, I vacuum.  Seriously.  The truth is I’m a bit of a neat freak (though I prefer terms like “organized” or “careful.”)   Let’s just say I’ve been known to dust and vacuum more than thrice a day.  What does this have to do with business?  I’m not saying you have to scrub your desk until it shines, and I’m not (necessarily) recommending that you insist on a spic-and-span workplace or warehouse.  You don’t have to spit-shine your website or clean your laptop with a Q-tip.  But I am saying that getting rid of mental or systemic clutter is just as important to efficiency and accuracy as physically cleaning up messes can be.  Want to know why?

Clear your mind Neo

Ditching mental clutter allows you to focus on the important parts of your business.  I always say, “If you can’t find something, clean up.”  This applies in the business world, too.  If you are feeling frazzled or stretched a little too thin by your current workload, clean up.  Get rid of the junk that’s weighing down your time and energy.

How many of the little details that take up your valuable time and space can you delegate or, even better, automate?  Chances are that many of the things you do every day need to be done by you and you alone.  You’re the best at them and they are part of what makes your company unique and valuable.  But many of the things you do every day are unnecessary and time-consuming.  Do they need to get done?  Sure, but not by you.  Take stock of what you do with your time and decide what’s essential and what you can toss.  This is a bit like going through your closet and deciding what to pack away, what to donate, and what to throw away.  Are there things that need to be done, but just not now?  File them in the “pack away” pile.  Are there items you can “donate” or reassign to someone else?  Are there things you’re doing that really just don’t need to be done?  Ditch them.

Save the best tasks for yourself

De-clutter your mind and your calendar by analyzing what business tasks weigh on you.  If you find a particular task rewarding, save it for yourself.  (Could someone else vacuum for me?  Yes.  But do I enjoy it and therefore always do it myself?  Indeed.)  On the other hand, if you find a particular task draining and unproductive, find someone else for that specific job.  Voila!  A clearer mind with more room for awesome business ideas.  A quick but thorough de-clutter allows you to focus your mind and efforts.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  • Diana |   Jan 6th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Great info (as usual!)

  • franchiseguy01 |   Jan 6th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks for the information, its really true that sometimes there are clutters of problems and factors that really blocks the way we can think properly to have a more solutions on our problems, like deciding whats best for the business.

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  • Jeorge Peter |   Jan 10th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    And you can have the best outcome for your work if you set things straight, limit clutter and find the best way to execute tasks.

  • Shelly Browne |   Jan 12th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Great article, can I use it on my facebook business page with credit to you as author? If you would rather just use an excerpt and put your link on, I can do that also. thanks for writing this!! I tell people when I’m vacuuming i public “I’m a professional. Step back.”

  • Dan Garfield |   Jan 13th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Shelly, that’d be fine, please include a link back to this page. Thanks!

  • Ian |   Jan 17th, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Great article – I “clean up” early in the morning by ironing!

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