When I was in Germany on a consulting project a few years ago, I met with delegates from the chamber of commerce. As is customary in Germany, I received a small gift of a notepad and a thumb drive. What was interesting was the branding: “We love the new”.
How often do you make room for the new in your business and how do you do it? Here are some tips for you.
Clean Off Your Desk:
Whenever I start a new project, I clean off my desk. It requires some diligence to question whether the things on my desk need to be there. The items that stay on your desk, within arm’s length, are those items that you use daily: your computer, a lamp, a pen or two, a note pad. I also use my stapler a few times a day, however, it could belong in a drawer with my small hole-punch. You should also have something decorative on your desk that makes you smile, such as a framed photograph or other artwork.
Review Your Files:
Do you have client files that are inactive and taking up space in your filing cabinet? Put them in whatever archiving system you have in place. This will free up space in your files for new client files. One technique that I start every month with is setting up new client folders for the number of clients I intend to take on that month. I do the same for new employees.
Clear Your Email:
After an email comes in, file or delete the email after the required action has been taken. Set up email filters for newsletters or other subscriptions. Keeping your email in your inbox takes up a lot of psychic energy; energy that could be used on better things.
My two questions for you:
What do you need to make room for in your business?
What can you do with anything you are choosing to discard to delight your customers or clients?