I often sit back and look at my clients and business colleagues, observing the ways in which they can remove clutter from their lives and become more productive and organized.

I have realized time and time again that it is not always the ‘stuff’ that clutters our environment.

Clutter comes in many forms. One popular form is ‘The Shiny Object’ Form. This occurs when one does not have a pinpointed direction or focused goals. There is so much going on ‘out there’. There are so many messages, ideas, advice promising newer and bigger and better.  

Unless one is 110% committed to a direction and HOW to achieve their goals, it is easy to become distracted. Self-doubt may set in. Wavering on goals occurs. Efficiency and productivity screech to a halt. Then ‘Clutter’ sneaks in. It arrives in the form of confusion, cloudy thinking, and head chaos. It is no wonder why many entrepreneurs have a hard time succeeding!

So the next time you are distracted and veer off your path-STOP!  Send that shiny object back to where it came from, and remain focused on your path. Re-organize and prioritize the steps to be taken if need be, but keep that clutter out of your head space and your work environment.

Missy Bystrom is the owner of The Organized Connection located in Cleveland, OH and Orange County, CA.  Missy’s  blog gives weekly tips and tricks on becoming more organized and having a more peaceful household.  If you would like to become a certified professional organizer, follow this link.  If you would like to get more extensive information on organizing your household, business or personal, follow this link

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Have you ever felt that you had so much paper in your life you didn’t know where to begin?!

That if you would be much have more efficiency, productivity and be able to prioritize better if you just knew where stuff was or where to put it?

Stressful Office Space- Low Productivity

Stressful Office Space- Low Productivity

How does one go about beginning?

Well, put simply, ‘one piece of paper at a time’.

In reality, set aside a couple of hours and get some friends or family together:

1. Get cardboard boxes and label them in big black letters: Recycle, Shred, Throw

2. Determine your categories of your business (what ‘stuff’ is in those piles? determine topics)

3. Write the categories or topics on bright sticky notes in black marker and place on a flat surface spread out (topics may include: marketing, business expenses, resources, action, bills to pay, things to read, clients, etc.)

4. Begin Sorting

Are we done yet?

Are we done yet?

 

It depends upon the amount of paperwork that  you have. You may need boxes for each category as Andy and Gina of Copy Scan did: http://www.copyscan.com

Regardless, your first and most important step is to categorize the papers. Don’t get too bogged down with categories, as you can always subcategorize later. Piles may look like this:

One of my best clients does this each month.

One of my best clients does this each month.

Once you have all of your ‘stuff’ into pile with titles, then take action. Either file, address as needed, answer, calendar or figure out where the information will live.  Maybe you will devise a system.

Once systems are established, I suggest doing this once or twice a month.  If you are able to maintain as you go along, that’s even better.

Have fun!

Missy Bystrom is the owner of The Organized Connection located in Cleveland, OH and Orange County, CA.  Missy’s  blog gives weekly tips and tricks on becoming more organized and having a more peaceful household.  If you would like to become a certified professional organizer, follow this link.  If you would like to get more extensive information on organizing your household, business or personal, follow this link

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