Nothing drains your energy more than messy surroundings. Start at home; get rid of anything that causes clutter. Clothes you haven't worn for over a year; ornaments hiding in the back of closets; junk that accumulates in drawers. Be brutal! All this 'stuff' blocks your effectiveness, so take control. Donate items to charity, have a garage sale, or sell on eBay.
At work apply the same principle. Clear your desk and your files of anything that's eighteen months old or more. Archive it all and keep your immediate environment filled only with current, important things. If you're not good at this task, delegate it to someone who is. Or in my case, marry a marvellous man who can! Remember your electronic storage too; all our gadgets get filled with junk. Today's the day to start or schedule your hard drive deep cleanse and spring-clean.
We've 'virtually' taken our own good advice thanks to David Abbott, a marketing and business expert who suggested I review my site using Google Page Speed Insights and Lohith Gowdra for helping me to prioritise and implement the tasks.
Clear desk policy
I know that my friend and colleague Chris Davidson takes this policy very much to heart. He's an ex-IBM Director, who still adheres to clearing his desk every night. He's walking the walk and talking the talk of IBM to this day and I have total respect for his self-discipline.
Eilidh's Top Tip #TripleF
- Save all your email into files,
- Create a new folder entitled "Next week" which is your weekly priority items (actioned or emptied each Friday).
- Delete your inbox!
- Delete every Friday!
- This is non-negotiable!