Are you feeling overwhelmed, stuck, or like you have no focus at all in your business?
Do you wake up and find “other things” to do, aside from work, and never seem to get anything done?
Or do you sit down to work and have no idea what to work on?
It might be time to de-clutter your biz!
Clutter can be a HUGE distraction.
Once you get rid of the clutter, you may find you have more clarity on what to work on, and a lot more motivation to get the work done!
Types Of De-Cluttering You'll Want To Do:
- Physical -- This one is self-explanatory. It's getting the physical clutter out of your space.
- Home & Life - Getting rid of or delegating tasks that don't need to be done by your personally
- Online — The virtual stuff, tools, social media, etc that actually cost you time & energy, rather than helping you be more productive
- Work -- Outsourcing biz tasks (so you can focus on the tasks that actually make you money)
De-Clutter Your Work Space
First things first … If your desk or office space is a total disaster, how much work do you think you’ll actually get done? Not much!
Start by taking a good, hard look at your area.
What works for you and what doesn’t? Do you really need that broken file holder, extra pen and knick-knack holder, glass ornament, etc?
Can you consolidate things? And what don’t you have that you really, really need?
De-Clutter Your Home
Yes, I know. This is about de-cluttering your business, but clutter in the home is a big distraction, and having clutter around you can take your attention away from your business. Being around clutter has a way of making people feel depressed and just sort of “blah.”
Get rid of the clutter in your living areas, throw out old make-up or expired medicines that are taking up space in the bathroom, go through your over-stuffed closets, etc.You’ll be surprised at how much more energy you have to work on your business, once the clutter is out of your home.
De-Clutter Your Schedule
Do you ever look at your schedule and start to immediately get overwhelmed by everything you have to do?
If so, it’s time to de-clutter your schedule! We will talk more about delegating and outsourcing your work later. For now, let’s talk about your actual schedule.
Are you trying to cram in your work, plus several activities for the kids everyday, grocery shopping, running errands, household chores, charity or volunteer work, etc?
How can you clear out some of the clutter? Do you have a spouse or partner that can start helping? Could the kids just do one activity each per season? Could you hire a local person to help you with the errands or grocery shopping? Or sign up for one of those meal delivery services?
Get rid of biz clutter & you'll find clarity on what to work on & motivation to get the work done!
De-Clutter Your Computer
Is your computer overflowing with virtual files that are totally unorganized? Take some time to go through your files. Get rid of stuff you don’t need and organize the stuff that is useful.
You may find some content you can re-purpose into a new blog post or product!
De-Clutter Your Social Media
You know that social media is important. If you are trying to be present on every platform, it’s time to de-clutter!
By platform, I mean Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. You don’t have to be on all of them.
Just choose two or three platforms, and really rock them out! Show up regularly, provide awesome content, and don’t forget to market your biz!
De-Clutter Your Website
Another area of your business to look at is your website. Look at it from a visitor's point of view. What is the first thing they see? Your content & a way to sign up for your list? Or are there too many distractions in the sidebar that they don’t know where to look? Can they find what they need to find? Is there an easy way for them to buy your products & services?
De-Clutter Your Email Lists
Email Marketing can be your best marketing tool.
Depending on who you choose for your autoresponder service, you may be able to more fully organize your email list.
I personally use ConvertKit because of the awesome features they have when it comes to organizing your email list.
You can easily add and remove tags to your subscribers, which helps you send more relevant content to your subscribers. Your readers can be on your main list, but can also be receiving content from specially segmented sequences.
De-Clutter Your Email Inbox
Speaking of email, how’s your inbox? If you’re like most people, it’s probably a little crowded and unorganized. Go through what’s in your inbox and decide if you need to keep it, archive it, or delete it. Depending on the service you use, you can create folders, labels, and more to start organizing your inbox. If you use Gmail, you can also get a tool such as Boomerang to schedule reminders about emails that need to be sent or responded to.
De-Clutter Your Products & Services
This may sound counter-intuitive, but should you de-clutter your products and services?
Are some of your offers outdated? If so, it’s time to retire them and focus on offering something new.
Another thing to consider is how many products and services you are offering. If you have too many options, your customers may get overwhelmed and not buy anything.If you have a lot of choices, and you feel that they are all relevant to what your customers want, consider offering some as upgrades / upsells, rather than having ALL of them listed on your site.
De-Clutter Your Workload
It’s time to start talking about delegating and outsourcing. It can be hard to let go of some things, but you can’t do everything by yourself, and continue to grow your business. There will be a point where you max out on available time and projects.
Make a list of the things that you can outsource. For example - if you are a coach and you charge $100 per hour, it makes more sense to hire a virtual assistant for $20 an hour to handle some of your admin work, posting on social media, etc.
You’ll have more time to spend on what actually makes you money.
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