Seems like everyone I talk to lately remarks on how badly they need to clean their work space. It’s easy to let things get out of hand. Files piled everywhere. Books that need to be shelved or even potentially shared. Office supplies stashed everywhere. Even personal items that need to be put away. It didn’t happen over night. Instead, little by little the clutter took over the work world like a kudzu vine.
I recently took on a major office overhaul myself. Here are some tips that I used to get motivated for the job:
- Find your why-It might seem like an unnecessary part of the process but it is much easier to motivate yourself to do difficult tasks if you have a reason to tackle it. Maybe it is an upcoming visit from a boss. Maybe it is a new focus on getting back to the essentials and a determination to simplify your work style. For me, it was the realization that while I was working with clients on bringing order and productivity to their lives, that my office did not reflect the message that I was teaching. I realized I was not congruent with my message. Yikes!
- Start small–Especially if you have a large task ahead, it is helpful to divide the task into smaller ones. Clean off a shelf. Empty a drawer. File a stack of folders. Starting small can create momentum.
- Use small chunks of time–sometimes we feel we need a whole day (or days) to accomplish the entire task, so we fail to even start. Plan ahead to use even small chunks of time to begin the process, then follow up later to finish the effort.
- Set a goal and create a deadline– Set a date for when you want the task to be accomplished, then working backward, determine what it is reasonable to accomplish in the interim. Take baby steps toward the goal. Make sure the deadline is connected to your why so that you have the necessary motivation to achieve it.
- Eliminate feelings–It is easy to feel overwhelmed and then let that feeling influence the action that you take. Instead make the decision to move forward, no matter how you feel. Action and progress will eventually over take the feelings. Once you are making headway, your feeling of overwhelm should give way to a feeling of success.
Wow! Lynne’s expertise in personality styles, mindset and priority management is a powerful combination. The interactive and personalized format was engaging and gave me tools I can use and actions I can take right away. I am able to more clearly articulate what my business is (What do you do?) and who it serves (Who is your ideal client?), and I have come away with a system for building my business (How do I do it?) Erin Shaw
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