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How To Achieve Instant Calm and Confidence in Your Business – It’s Easier Than You Think
I realized one morning as I was
starting to feel things spiral out of control that I needed to clean my
As I straightened, my head got
clearer and my heart got lighter.
As I dusted and washed, it kept
getting better and better. I felt my confidence return and my optimism
Then it hit me. The single most
important thing to maintain the emotional momentum needed to sustain a
business is a clean desk. Even if all manner of mahem is breaking loose
around you, if you have a clean desk, it is your sanctuary.
Without it, not only is
productivity reduced – time taken to find things and items lost never to be
found again as well as the feeling of sluggishness that invades our brain– I
think that a part of us feels “less than” when our desk becomes
unmanageable, it is after all the “face” of our office center.
A nagging feeling that we aren’t
quite in CONTROL carries over to the other aspects of our lives and we begin
to walk the treadmill that seems never ending because the one task that is
staring us in the face is in fact over looked.
NOW FOR THE GOOD NEWS
To maintain a clean desk it
takes only 5 – 10 minutes per day.
It helps immensely to put things
away as we use them – finished projects, pens, scrap papers and other items
that have found their way to your desk without your conscious knowledge –
things that you would swear you’ve never seen before except that they are on
your desk – your busted!
Sometimes it is quite surprising
- I just removed a container of chocolate chips (hmm, wonder who put them
there), a silicon glove that I use for soap making, 2 issues of an
electronics store flyer – I am not even in the market for any electronics at
this time – among the other usual stuff. I admit, right now as I type I
have… hmmm… nothing terribly incriminating, WOW! Now that’s living.
Since I had been doing quite
well in maintaining my 10 minute desk clearing, and even have found myself
clearing through the day just because I like it so much better clean… the
job was quite small, the benefits immense.
If you haven’t cleared your desk
for quite some time… believe me, I have been there… pencil in an action
hour.. or 30 minutes… or even 15 will do… morning, afternoon or evening.
You will not believe the difference it will make in your sunny disposition.
A FEW TIPS
I have a funky clock, a box of
“You Can Do It” cards, I pick one and put it on display, a stone with the
carving of a turtle on it (it’s “me” :0), a beautiful Celtic cross that I
got at the dollar store, a few crystal block etchings and a stack of multi
coloured post it note pads (more on what I do with them later!) and a
little 212° decal for inspiration. Be sure not to over do, arrange them so
that they look nice but so that you still have room to work.
Happy “paper” trails, may they all lead to the recycle box.
Janice Ferrante is the Queen of KAOS. You can learn more about how to Conquer KAOS and take CONTROL by visiting her website at http://www.queen-of-kaos.com. Also be sure to sign up for her free ezine containing more practical tips, articles and resources at http://www.queen-of-kaos.com/qoktipssub.html .
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