How to Spring Clean Your Business, Marie Kondo Style.

May 28, 2019


HYou can call me Marie Kondo if you like, because I have just spent the better part of the weekend completely spring cleaning my business.⠀⠀⠀⠀

Last week, I got busy.

And it stressed me out.

But more than that, it stressed me out that I wasn’t making life easy for myself. Messy folders, messy inbox, random documents all over my desktop. Just BIZ CLUTTER.

And so, I decided to sacrifice my weekend to get my (biz) life sorted.

Some may call me a complete nerd for spending my Friday night organising my Google drive yes, I just admitted that out loud 😂🤓), but you really have no idea how light and free’ing my weekend biz-spring-clean has made me feel.

In this episode, I am going to walk you through all of the things I did to spring clean my business.

And, maybe, to inspire you to do the same!

Download a step-by-step checklist of everything I did here::

Background

Before I dive into the checklist, let me give you a little background.

If you’ve been listening to the podcast over the past through weeks, you’d know that I have been in launch mode for my signature program, Hashtags Aren’t The Answer.

There’s been a lot on, and frankly?

I needed to cut some corners in order to achieve the things I wanted to.

The result?

A messy desk, a messy inbox, a messy to do list and a very frazzled, stressed out Stevie to boot.

Of course, this sort of situation isn’t sustainable in any business and there’s quite a few lessons to be taken from all of this, all of which I will share in a future podcast episode on Lessons from Launching.

The post-launch hangover was very real.

My mind was cluttered, my desk was cluttered, my business was cluttered and it was affecting my mental state.

It was time for a business spring clean.

One of the biggest reasons that I didn’t do this sooner? That I didn’t have the time.

Which, on the one hand was true.

But which, on the other hand, was stopping me from reaping the benefits – and ultimately, time savings, that would come from clearing things out and making things much easier for myself.

So,  I decided to dedicate a weekend to it.

Here’s what I did, and how you can tackle this too.


Step One: Write a Stress List

I started by writing a Stress List.

It had two columns.

The first? Things that were stressing me out.

I wrote a long list of everything that was getting me down, causing me angst and making my life hard.

The second? Solutions.

I went through everything on my list and came up with a solution for each of them.


Step Two: Set Aside the Time

Step two was to set aside the time.

For me, as I mentioned, it needed to be a weekend.

Which I really didn’t mind.


Step Three:: Get It Done!

And finally, step three – get it done!

Here’s an example of a few of the things I did:

✔︎ Created a folder system in Google Drive

✔︎ Cleaned out all documents and re-filed them

✔︎ Synched my Mac and Google Drive so everything was in one place

✔︎ Archived + backed up old podcast recordings

✔︎ Cleared out inbox

✔︎ Created email templates and saved them to Gmail as canned responses

✔︎ Cleaned out my office

✔︎ Upgraded old items – new second monitor, better chair

✔︎ Bought a decent printer – instead of needing to go to Officeworks everytime I needed to print

✔︎ Got my Xero up to date

✔︎ Created workflows for key tasks

✔︎ Cleared out and reorganised my Trello

Want a copy of my FULL stress list, and a step-by-step checklist of every action I took?

You can download it here!

I know, I know. This all sounds so boring.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

But honestly, guys – it has been so good for my mental well being. My mind feels clearer, I feel 10298% less stressed, I know where everything is, I’ve made my life WAY, WAY easier (little things like not being able to print were KILLING me), I’m going to be more comfortable at work – no more crappy old chair and a million tabs open on my one laptop monitor) and I just feel so much lighter and better about the coming week.

These are all things I didn’t have ‘time’ to do during the week, but the time just DOING IT is going save me is going to be a game changer.

If a business spring clean isn’t something you’ve done in a while?

I highly recommend that you do it.

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