Where are my d*** car keys?’ How many times have you said or heard that in your life (or even just the last week!) As a mom, it’s important to stay organized, and not just because everyone seems to expect you to answer the ‘where is the…’ questions. Add in being the CEO of your business? Organization skills become mission-critical to keeping operations running smoothly and efficiently. I think we can all agree, life gets so much easier when all aspects of your life (including your business) are tidy, humming along, and well organized.
An outside world that’s organized reflects an inside world that feels relaxed and filled with clarity. So, give yourself a quick score. Look around you. Is your desk tidy? Your car? Home? Business? Your client’s experiences?
Are most of your answers swinging one way or the other? Frequently when I’m working with clients, it’s like an avalanche—an avalanche of chaos or an avalanche of order.
These 10 Organization Tips will get you heading toward the orderly side of running your life and business efficiently and effectively as the CEO.
Make a list of all of the places in your outer life that feel chaotic, and tick them off one per day. Typical things to go through include:
Can I share a secret? When you get that ‘organization nesting’ feeling where you’re ready to go through your home and giveaway, use, or re-organize your belongings, it means that some GREAT things are coming to you for your business. How do I know? Well, if there’s a lot of unfinished business, decisions hanging over your head (keep it/don’t keep it, use it/don’t use it, donate it/hold onto it), then those decisions start to clutter up your mind. That means they’re taking up precious space that you could otherwise be using to grow your business, launch the next product, or over-serve your clients in new ways. Your mind only has so much space to think, so removing the lingering information means you’ll get ahead in ALL aspects of your life.
Give yourself some time and space for this organization activity. Put on your favorite music and pour some wine, and enjoy the process you’re about to experience as you organize your closet.
Now it’s time to feel amazing friend. Cheers to you!
I’m amazing each time I do this exercise, how much more I’m ready to part with than the last time I did it. Go through those bookshelves or drawers in your office and again, three piles. 1. Throwaway 2. Recycle 3. Keep
And for everything you’re keeping, does it need to stay in your office, or is there another spot in your home (basement maybe?) where it could get tucked away, and you could then take that deep satisfying breath of how well the organization of your office feels?
Again, pour that glass of wine, put on some great tunes, and roll up your sleeves. There’s no perfect way to do this except to DO IT. Put all like items together on the shelves. Toss expired items. Food nearing expiration should be placed in front or moved into the kitchen to eat within the next week.
Make your list. Check it off. But choose one house location per day to get overwhelming or become something that derails your whole weekend. I love to tackle one spot per day right after the kids are in bed. It’s a glorious wind-down feeling; I get the organization done without interruptions and go to bed feeling super satisfied. And as a bonus, if you take this route, you’ll be done in two weeks what you could have dragged out for a year or more to do. The secret here is to take action.
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This is a fun one, and it saves you a LOT of money. Go through your last 60-90 days of business expenses on your credit card. Look line item by line item. Are you still using that subscription? Did a free trial expire, and you forgot to cancel it? Every time that’s happened for me, I get a refund for that subscription by merely reaching out to the company and requesting it.
You can make this super simple, and I’ve found the most effective way to run my business and feel organized when it comes to the finances is to do the accounting monthly. For example, here’s a super simple way to do this:
Don’t be the ostrich with their head in the sand when it comes to personal and business finances. Because the more you avoid something, the bigger a deal it becomes in your life. So figure out exactly what you’re spending each month in your personal life. This will give you a revenue target to hit and know how much you can save each month.
As your outer world starts to get organized and you gain clarity on your finances, you’ll find yourself thinking more precisely.
With precision comes a healthier and stronger focus. As that happens, you’ll sit down to tackle something and DO IT.
If you find you’re having a lot of ‘squirrel’ moments in your day, it’s because there’s a lot on your mind that you need to get off. Write it all down. Then tackle it one at a time.
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And do you know how you eat an elephant? ONE BITE AT A TIME.
Not that you or I am eating elephants, but I love the metaphor. Make it a goal to get your outer world organized. Make a plan to have it happen. Keep yourself accountable to the plan. And build the badass mindset that you’re someone who gets s*** done.
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