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WomanWithUpsidedownClockLet’s talk about that “thing” that keeps you from getting it done. If you’re like most people you don’t know what it is that keeps you from getting things done. You just know that you’re not getting the results that you want, which can be frustrating to say the very least. Before you can improve your productivity, you’ve got to know what the issue is.

If you’re struggling you already know what that feels like…working the extra time to get it all done, having what seems like too much on your plate and no room for you and rushing to satisfy and keep your clients. Facing your challenge first means identifying what it is that has you struggling. If something were ailing you physically, you would seek to determine what the problem was so that it could be remedied.

There are a lot of things that cause people to be challenged: procrastination, cluttered office space or disorganization, email overload and chasing those BSOs (Bright Shiny Objects) is a big problem for creative types, not that others don’t do it. Then there’s lack of focus, lack of proper tools and systems and non-supportive habits.

You have to look at your every-day work life to see what’s challenging you. You are caught up. Overloaded. You are caught up in the everyday to-dos of business and family, multiple overloaded inboxes, calendars and tasks on your to-do list.

This is what’s going on…You have multiple mobile devices— your laptop, smart phone and probably a tablet and other tools too. I do. I’ve got my BlackBerry, my tablet and my laptop. The multiple devices isn’t really the issue if they’re needed. The issue is the lack of management of them.

There’s social media, your piles of paper and cluttered work space. Add to that all of the things that you need to do and the places you need to be and yes, you’re caught up.

To identify the things that challenge you, just take a look at your behavior, which takes some effort because being human, we get caught up in routine things and ways of being. Start logging every minute of  your time. What you’re working on and your start and finish times. Log the times that you stop for a snack or for lunch or to take a break. Log the time that you spend on the phone and on social media. You even want to log the time that you spend socializing or chit chatting online or on the phone. Be sure to document all of it so that when you look back you have a clear picture with all of the details. You want something that will let you see exactly what you’re doing so that you can know what your oppressor is. If you’re going to get beyond what impedes you, you have to identify and acknowledge it so it can be faced and dealt with.

 


Yoga & SunsetHere we are with the end of the year at hand. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was planning the year, and now it’s up. There are a lot of people caught up in the hectic energy of the holiday season, and it’s really easy to get caught up in. When you do, it’s also easy to push things aside and let the year come to a close in an “unconscious” way. Not a very good way to close out the year.

You want to be aware as the year comes to a close and set clear intentions around it. If you’re caught up it may not be so easy to see how to go about things differently and bring your year to a powerful close. Here are 5 things you can do starting right now (or even after the new year begins) to be clear and intentional about ending the year.

  • Celebrate the goals that you accomplished and appreciate where you are right now, regardless of how you feel about how you did this year with your business goals and your personal life. No matter how bad you think things look, no matter how many times you find yourself saying “shoulda, woulda, coulda”, there is always much to be grateful for. Make note of all the lessons you learned. Accept where you are right now and know that where you are is where you’re supposed to be.
  •   Look at the goals that you set for this year and ask yourself what worked. Which things went as planned and how well did they turn out? Is there anything that you would have done differently?
  • Next, take a look at what didn’t work so well. Were you stopped when it came to a particular thing? What things did you struggle with and why? Look beyond the surface to see what things made it difficult. It may be that you didn’t have all of the resources required or maybe it was a personal block that required you to make some shifts that were hard to make. Dig deep.
  • Let go! Make a list of things that it’s time to let go of…habits that don’t support you, things that don’t serve your highest good and the people it’s necessary to part ways with. The same goes for the clutter in your work and home spaces. When your list is complete, start the process of letting go. Create new habits to serve you, ditch the clutter and say goodbye to the other things and people that you have to let go of.
  • Contemplate how you want next year to look and set your intentions. Don’t think about the goals you want to create just yet. Instead, think about how you want the year to look, the experience you want it to be and, more importantly how you want to feel in the coming year. Once you’ve determined that, set your intentions to powerfully close out your year. Then you can create your goals and take action.

Desk Monitor & BookcaseOver the years as I’ve worked with clients I’ve come to learn that one of the things that people struggle most with is keeping their work space organized and clutter free.  It’s right up there with procrastination.  It starts small and then it builds into something that you just can’t seem to get rid of.  It can get to the point of you having an entire space full of clutter.  It’s definitely a formidable opponent and it will not only keep you frustrated, it can keep you from making money.

What most people don’t realize is that as the disorganization and clutter build up in the physical space, so does the energy that comes along with it. Everything is energy and clutter is no exception. If your office or work space is cluttered, you probably have client files, notes from conversations, that book that you started to or want to read, things that need to be filed, and bits and pieces of your personal life lying around in that space. What you also have present in that space is the energy that all of those unfinished bits and pieces bring with them.

Think about that for a moment. The files and notes that you have hanging out bring a stagnant energy to your space since you haven’t done anything with them. So do the books that you haven’t finished reading, and the unfinished or derailed projects on your desk. Some of these things bring other kinds of energy to your work space depending upon how they got there or why they’re lying around. Some things might be there just because you haven’t taken the steps to putting them away. No matter the reason, they bring negative, heavy energy to your space. The exact same kinds of energy build up in a disorganized space. When things don’t have a home, can’t be found or are lost in the shuffle, a particular kind of energy comes to the space.

Your office is your profitability space. This is the space that you come to daily to make things happen. This is the space where you create your products or programs to serve those you are here to serve. This is the physical space that you operate from to live out your entrepreneurial dream. Doing so becomes difficult when your space tells you that you can’t. You work on that new program or event, putting the best of your efforts into it. Sometimes you struggle with it due to the energy in the space. When it’s finally done, somehow it’s not what you intended or not as successful as you thought it would be. If your office is disorganized or cluttered, the space dictates that you can’t use it as you’re attempting to use it. The energy in the space doesn’t allow for you to create your profitability from it.

If your bottom line isn’t looking quite like you want it to, look at your office space. Is it disorganized or cluttered? When you look around do you see a well-organized space that works for you and supports you? What kinds of things are piling up? If you see that your space isn’t allowing for your profitability it’s time to shift the energy in your space. Start by putting away the things that are out of place. If your space isn’t supporting you, start to think about how it can be changed to help you be more productive and hire a professional to help you if necessary. Shift the energy in your space so that it allows you to build your business from it. The energy within it dictates your level of profit and your growth.

 

Time & Space Radio: Final Countdown to 2014


This will be the final show of 2013. It’s hard to believe that an entire year has gone by. Come join me as I close out the year with my final 2013 show. I’m going to help you get things tightened up to be ready for the new year. We’re going to talk about letting go of the clutter and controlling the paper, getting rid of what you don’t need and the things that no longer serve you.

I’ll show you what you can do to get ready for the upcoming tax season and how to be sure that you’re always ready without the hassle of the paper discombobulation. We’ll also talk about what’s happening for you next year. I have a checklist for you to use too. Mark the date in your calendar with a reminder and tune in!


BreakthroughAs we enter the final quarter of the year, most business owners are looking at the things they want to do to finish out the year and many are playing catch up after the summer fun.  As you gear up for Q4 are you stepping back into the same old thing and the same old routine or are you making a shift and taking things up a notch?  Has it been your intent to take things to the next level or to get certain things done but you just can’t seem to make that happen?

If so, take a look around your office.  What do you see?  Is your workspace well organized or are things in disarray and cluttered?  If it’s the latter, consider that your workspace is part of what’s holding you back.  Over the years as I’ve worked with clients one of the things that I learned early on is that clutter is a product of what’s going on with you physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  In essence, you are your clutter and your clutter is you and it can be keeping you from making that breakthrough to the next level.

If your workspace is cluttered you may have noticed how it makes you feel when you’re in it.  You can’t think clearly or focus, you may not feel like sitting in the area with the clutter or you might even feel heavy when you’re in the space.  All of these things are caused by the clutter in the space.  When you have physical, emotional, mental and spiritual clutter, it produces a cluttered space.  This means that the thoughts, relationships, beliefs, and yes, even excess weight each contribute to holding you back.  It keeps you moving at a snail’s pace or allows you to stay right where you are, stagnant and unable to move forward even though that’s not where you want to be.  Your breakthrough and the things you just can’t seem to get done are placed on hold due to your internal clutter.  To get rid of the clutter in your space, you have to address the internal clutter in your life.  Doing so is what keeps the clutter in your space from coming back after you clear it.

When these internal connections are addressed it’s possible to get rid of the clutter and keep it away for good.  In addition to looking around your office to see what’s there, look inside to see where your internal clutter resides, then take the steps to figure out why it’s there and resolve those issues.  As you do, you will find that it becomes easy to rid your space of clutter and keep it away instead of clearing it and having it come back again.  Get to the root of your clutter and clear it so that you can have that business breakthrough during this last quarter of the year.  If clutter is a real challenge for you, visit www.ItsNotAboutThePaper.com for a solution.

 

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