New Sole (Soul) for Your Business

Spring and fall are two times of year that automatically instill a need to refresh. Whether you are doing spring cleaning or getting ready for the winter season, you take a look around your home and life and assess what needs to change and what stays the same.

I was looking in my closet as part of the fall transition time and realized I had some winter shoes that were looking a little worn. Some of them need to be thrown out and replaced completely while others just need some attention and maybe to be resoled.

As I was sitting on the floor in my closet sorting my shoes I began to think about how this also applied to my business. What things in my business have I been doing or working with that are just worn out and need to be replaced? What things need to be resoled? I came up with a list of areas to assess. I hope this will help you in doing the same.

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from clutter to zen office

An uncluttered office is good. A functional office is better. An inspirational office is bliss.
~Linda DeLuca, The Existential Coach

In out damn clutter I shared how I approached reducing the unwanted clutter in my home office. Now it’s time to share with you what is actually left in the office and how I determined what I needed.

the requirements

The minimalist work area was only half of what I needed to be creative. What I realized was that I needed my work space to be more than just functional, I needed it to inspire me! So I started to identify specific requirements. What I came up with was a strange list of both physical and environmental requirements:

  • bright both in color and light
  • have open space for movement
  • minimal physical items such as furniture and decor
  • incorporate inspiring factors such as: music, words, aroma, movement, and art

the solutions

So how do each of these factors contribute to the inspired office while still keeping with the minimalist theme?

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out damn clutter

During this year of creativity, I’ve committed not to creating more stuff, but to creating action with purpose in myself and others. I realized in the first few days on the journey that I would need to make room for this new creativity and remove what was in my way: office clutter.

I didn’t want to toss all of my belongings and have a stark white office with a folding chair and table. Let’s face it, I like some stuff.  What I needed was a clutter free, functional office. Or maybe something more. Like Seth said “The space matters”.  So I set out to first remove the clutter and then create a zen-like office.

the great purge

The process is ongoing. I discovered in my assessment of my office that there are several main categories of stuff:

  1. Paper and its management tools
  2. Stuff to manage paper (folders, stapler, staple remover, paper clips…the list goes on)
  3. Stuff to organize the paper management stuff (drawers, plastic storage boxes, file cabinets…you get it)
  4. Books and books and books! (I love books)
  5. Electronics (backup chargers, cases, bluetooth headsets, a mouse or 5…yada yada yada)
  6. Misc things I don’t know where else to put!

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