3 Ways to Declutter in Work and Life!

When you look at this graphic, think about the words peace, focus, balance, and clarity! What do these words mean to you? What word would you add to the empty square? 

Have you found yourself busy as ever during the summer?  Have you found that you have tried to find a way to declutter when it comes to work and life?  Just as you take time to “spring clean” and toss out things that you might not need; it is important to inventory during the summer as well and find out ways to declutter.

Here are 3 ways to declutter:

  1. Delegate, delegate, delegate! Just think about the time you gain by delegating the duties that simply take up too much of your time! Your time is a precious commodity! Wouldn’t it be great to know that projects are moving forward without having to follow-up on every detail?  Wouldn’t it be great to have an extra pair of hands to help with some work around the house? Ask yourself what projects do you enjoy?  What do you least enjoy but are projects that are routine and are crucial to your work and life?  Those are some of the tasks that you can delegate!
  1. Only answer an email or phone call if it’s critical and you know who it is! Yes, I actually did say this! Answering that email or phone call within that moment could be a distraction. And can literally shift your focus from what you were working on before the email or call. Franklin Covey in his body of work entitled, “5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity” defines how we use work time as 70% urgencies and irrelevancies and 30% important priorities.” Think about establishing a numbering or color system for those “must email or phone calls” based upon what works for you.  For example, this system could be 1, 2, 3 for high, middle, or low priority.  The color system could be red, yellow, green for urgent, caution, and no action/for your information.
  1. Allow yourself to shift gears! When you are driving a car and shifting gears, you have to adjust based upon the road, hill, or what is around you. The same applies when you navigate through work and life. You have to prepare for the bumps or challenges that might come your way. And also as you are shifting gears, allow yourself the opportunity to make mistakes.  When you are working on your successes in work and life, you might have some mistakes along the way.  The key is learning from the bumps or challenges.  We absolutely love the subtitle from Sam Weinman’s book, “Win at Losing.”  It is true that, “our biggest setbacks can lead to our greatest gains.”

You can declutter in work and life.  Don’t be afraid to delegate; only answer when it’s critical and you know who it is; and allow yourself to shift gears.  And if you need help with delegation, schedule a free consultation with us here to find out how we can help!

Say No to New Year’s Resolutions!

It’s the 1st day of January…the New Year! What are you planning to achieve this year for yourself, family, or your business?

Instead of making resolutions for the New Year; why not think about “solutions” that you can achieve this year for yourself, family, or business.

Solutions Graphic I believe that goal setting is also a great way to come up with these solutions (shameless plug for our next blog post). So what “solutions” will help you be intentional when it comes to your vision, goals, and dreams this year?  Here are 3 things to consider when it comes to your “solutions” this year:

  1. Focus! Dare to focus! It’s important to minimize distractions. Learn how to “loan yourself out less.” It’s okay to focus on one thing at a time. You can be more effective this way and it limits the feeling of being overwhelmed. This way you are able to focus on the things that are instrumental in moving forward in regard to you, family, and business.
  1. Time! Have time and don’t let time have you! Everyone feels there is an increased pressure and demand on their time. Since time is such a valuable commodity, it’s important to not let have time have you. Create a schedule that allows you to focus. Determine what is vital and what is not. So set short and long-term goals for yourself, family, or business.
  1. Eliminate pressure! Be kind to yourself and eliminate pressure! Don’t beat yourself up if something doesn’t quite go according to plan. Often we put so much pressure on ourselves to do and be successful overnight. This journey is not a sprint but a marathon. Remember that “all” efforts become “collected” efforts toward a goal or dream. Pause and take a moment to reflect on how far you have come. Think about where you started and how far you have come.

I challenge you on your journey this year to remember these “solutions” instead of “resolutions.” Here’s to making it a great 2017!