Even though the weather has been crazy, and in certain parts of the country, it feels like winter won’t end, Spring is finally here this week! Spring is the renewal of our life! Before New can come in the old must be discarded. It’s the time I can look at what is old and release it to open myself up to the new.
I look at my inner and outer world. I discern what old attitudes, beliefs and outdated opinions I may be carrying around in my head that block me from seeing new solutions, opportunities, and ways to expand my business. I highly suggest that you do the same!
In addition to updating your attitudes and beliefs, you can open up your mind by releasing the unnecessary “stuff” in your office and home. The simple act of cleaning out clutter and reducing the amount of attention you give to unnecessary material objects opens your mind to new ways to live life and make your business more successful.
The best person I know for advice in the area of Organization is my good friend Barbara Hemphill who owns the Hemphill Productivity Institute in Raleigh, N.C. The following advice is from Barbara and will come in two installments (Be sure to read again next week for Part 2).
How to Make Money Cleaning Out Your Clutter
3 Principles for a Less Stressful Life
By Barbara Hemphill
- Do you like to make money?
- Is your home or office filled with things you never use?
- Are you wasting time looking for things?
- Would you like more space (physical and emotional!!) in your life?
- Do people you care about complain about the messes you make?
Research shows that 80% of what we keep we never use.
Keep nothing which you do not know to be useful, think to be beautiful, or love.
A “productive environment” is “a setting in which everything around you supports who you are and who you want to be.” Look at everything in your life – from the expired prescriptions in your medicine cabinet, the clothes you haven’t worn in year, the boxes of tax info which are well past the 7-year statute of limitations, to the piles of journals you always intended to read. Ask yourself these questions:
- Does it work?
- Do I like it?
- Does it make me feel positive about myself and my life?
- Would someone else benefit from having it?
Or consider this question: “What’s the worst possible thing that would happen if I didn’t have this?”
Blessings to you