This is not a marketing tip; it’s a how-to-be-more-effective-in-your- business tip. On Saturday I shut down my computer and surrendered myself to the expertise of a professional organizer.
As many solo professionals do, I work at home. My office is in a corner of my living room. It’s pretty compact and everything I need is within reach. The problem is, it’s so small that stuff was beginning to pile up and spread into my living space. I’m a pretty organized person, but I decided I needed some help to get some fresh ideas about how I could better organize my space to be more efficient and less cluttered.
I contacted my friend and colleague John Trosko of OrganizingLA. John is awesome. He brought boxes, labels, tools and we jumped in. I completed his client questionnaire about my ideas about my space, what works, what doesn’t work, what organizing means to me. Then we ripped apart my office and started making piles of stuff.
Oh yeah, first he took pictures so I would have before an after photos. I don’t have them yet, so I cannot share. That might be a little too personal.
John gave me great, practical ideas for how to organize my files, how to decide what I need and what I can get rid of; what’s important to have at hand, what can be out of sight. The clutter started to disappear.
We’re not done yet so I cannot report on my final results. We discussed several options for shelving, file storage, stuff storage. Now, I’m a smart person and probably I could have figured all this out for myself if I spent some time doing it. However, I realized how important it is to reach out to a non-judgmental, objective person whose only motivator is getting me organized in a space that is conducive to more clarity, efficiency and productivity. John really helped me stop and deal with all the clutter I’ve been tolerating but not dealing with.
Stay tuned for a report on the results of my adventures in organizing!