You’re probably thinking, “So, I’m a little messy. It’s not hurting anybody or costing me money”. Really? Are you sure?
Take at look at your desk. Buried in those piles of paper on your desk could be an unpaid bill, or an offer for a credit card at a lower interest rate than you’re paying right now. Sure, you may be aware that those items are “somewhere” and “you’ll get to it”. But if you can’t find them and act on them easily, clutter has cost you – often in the form of late fees, higher interest, or missed deadlines.
Developing strategy for incoming bills is critical not only to minimizing the clutter on your desk, but to literally saving you dollars and cents on aforementioned fees. Even something as simple as creating a “Bills to be Paid This Month” folder and an “Everything Else” folder can reduce clutter, save time in locating items, and help you stay on top of bills.
Of course, bills are one thing. Another thing your clutter can cost you is opportunities, especially if you are in sales or run your own business. For example, let’s say you go to a networking event. What happens to all the cards you collect? Do you wrap a rubber band around them, and never follow-up again?
How about the phone leads that you receive and write down on whatever scrap of paper happens to be around (and then proceed to quickly lose)? Do these become part of the piles on, around, and under your desk?
In both cases, clutter and lack of a system can cost you opportunities. And if you’re self-employed or work on commission, opportunities mean dollars.
Of course, the most costly part of clutter is not something you can define in dollars and cents. It’s the stress the lack of organization causes and its snowball effect. When you combined all the end results of the clutter–bills not paid, missed work and sales opportunities missed, a lack of productivity and, worst of all, feeling completely—you have a situation that literally takes over your life.
Do you want to take your life back? Make a plan for how you’re going to tackle each area of your space or each system that you need to create, and then follow it step-by-step to get unstuck and relieve yourself of clutter-related overwhelm and stress. And if you need some help in creating a plan, give us a call and we’ll help you put a stop to all that clutter is costing you.
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