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This time of year, it's important to clear out the clutter and start the year with a fresh approach.

I completely detoxed my own office over the break and couldn't believe how much stuff I had accumulated that I didn't need. I do my regular mini-clean-ups weekly and the major ones around 4 times a year.

If you walk into my office it's orderly and I can easily find what I need, it was more the folders, books and stationery that had mounted up and was stored in my cupboards. What annoyed me was finding 2 sets of refill cartridges for my colour printer sitting in a box...and I had just ordered another complete set! So I now have enough to last me for most of the year.

You see I got lazy. The area I store my stationary was a bit untidy and I couldn't easily see the refills so I automatically thought I didn't have any.

How often is that the case for you? You cannot easily find or see what you have amongst the clutter so you buy extra, only to find out later you already had the items in stock?

The Downsides of Clutter...

1. Takes up space You may have to move or buy more stuff to store your clutter

2. Wastes time You're constantly looking for things

3. Clouds your mind You're unable to focus

4. Poor image You look out of control and unprofessional. You can lose business.

5. Costs money You buy things you already have but can't find.

Your time is worth money and it is wasted when you're searching through the clutter.

6. Affects your health Clutter is depressing and overwhelming which impacts on your well-being. Your stress increases and your motivation to work decreases.

7. Distracts you With so much to look at, it's easy to wander off track and find other things to do. This is a real trap for entrepreneurs.

The challenge for most people who are surrounded by clutter is that they are overwhelmed and don't know where to start first.

In the first week of my upcoming "Productivity and Profit Accelerator Program" we will cover this subject in great depth so that you are clear on what action steps you need to take to destroy the clutter in your life. Yes it is in all areas of your life. Mental clutter bogs you down just like physical clutter. You cannot see clearly and can often run off course and not achieve what you want. You are more decisive and make better decisions when you are less cluttered.

The Final Word Ensure you start your year off on a positive footing. Don't let another day go by where you are drowning in clutter. Take action today to rid yourself of the mess so you can make way for more success.

Lorraine Pirihi Australia's No. 1 Productivity Coach

"Committed to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs work less, earn more and have a life!"

About the Author

Lorraine Pirihi has helped transform many people's lives both on a personal and business level. She is regarded as "Australia's No. 1 Productivity Coach" and specializes in helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and managers, showing them how to dramatically boost their productivity, their profitability and have more time to enjoy life.

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-02-17 20:56:58 in Personal Articles

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