Can Clutter Be A Biz Killer?

by Martha Giffen

I read somewhere that you can tell a lot about a person by looking inside their car.  The clutter or lack of represents pretty much what their life looks like!


When I was driving the “Momma van,” there were more than a couple of french fries rolling around the floor and more than a few discarded papers and cups.  Seriously, that probably did reflect the craziness of my life carting three sons and their friends around town. 


I just went and looked.  Yep, there was an empty Starbucks cup!

OK, so I still have a little clutter!  Does it mean anything?  Only if it’s carried over into my work area.

Clutter will undo what you are trying to achieve.  It can be the catalyst for procrastination, low productivity,and all sorts of undesirables within your business.  A pleasant environment does wonders for your creativity and inspiration. 

Your space matters!

Look around your area.  Do you have papers everywhere?  Or how about unfinished tasks?  Or maybe stuff lying around that doesn’t even have a thing to do with your biz?  Maybe your recent favorite magazine?  All these things can detract from what you are trying to do.  Run your online business.

Where to start and what to do?

  • Sort it and trash it.  Look around your immediate space and put things where they belong.  If you have an aray of paperwork, file it.  If you have objects that are taking up space and don’t belong in your office, get rid of them. 
  •  Your computer clutter?  I know.  Cleaning up all that stuff could take some time.  But do it.  You might be surprised at downloads on your hard drive that could be useful and you didn’t even realize they were there!
  • Your site.  Take a good look.  Too many banners crowding out your message?  Pop-ups coming from the bottom, top and sides too?  Flashing lights that are overpowering?  You get the picture.  If there’s too much going on, it’s clutter.  Plain and simple.
  • E-mails.  I hate to mention this one because I am the guiltiest in this area.  I have been known to accumulate a number beyond 3000.  Yes, that was three thousand!  Yes, it took a while, but by unsubscribing and sorting, I have reduced the incomings to a manageable number.

Clutter can take a hold pretty quickly.   The whole purpose of our work every day is to enjoy what we do, help others, and create and build our businesses.  The best environment for that is an uncluttered one.

Here’s to having an organized, prosperous biz!



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Martha Giffen

Martha Giffen is a Small Business and Social Media Consultant, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. The author of 3 best-selling books, including "Be Social Be Rich," she is an Online Marketing authority and teaches Small Biz Owners how to achieve massive profitable success. And, -she dishes it all out with a warm southern flare!

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