I actually heard this years ago from a friend Robert, and Robert actually was an entrepreneur along with myself. One of the things that he told me that really resonated with me and it still does today was that actually when you look at somebody who’s doing construction, they always put their tools away at the end of the day. No matter what they’re doing, they put their tools away in an organized fashion and close their day out.
Why don’t we as business owners? Well, this is was a great question and especially if you’re an entrepreneur. I always say I’m organized chaos. I have stuff all over the place and if you ever get a chance to go to my office or if you’re working with me remotely or even in my Sprinter van when I’m camping, I know where everything is, but if you’re an OCD person, you’re going to be going nuts in my office. I got stuff everywhere. One thing hat’s helped me a lot is actually cleaning up the night before. Look, at the end of the day, I’m the most tired. I have given my most to my business or to my family or whatever else is going on. By going through my office or wherever else, I also do this in the living room, my living space and cleaning up and tidying up the night before.
When I wake up, when I have the most energy, the most focus, I have a clean slate, a clean pallet with which to work. I’m going to suggest that you do this too, especially if you’re an entrepreneur. If you’re an entrepreneur, things are crazy. You are going full, full speed all the time, especially with the new business bringing a product to market. Having a clean slate starts from scratch, otherwise, your mind is just focused on so many little things. Here’s a trick, even more, that’ll help. If you have multiple businesses like I do, one of the things that I do is I actually clean my slate and then I have a folder that I put out on my desk the night before that actually has all of the information and stuff that I need for that project or business that I’m working on the next day in that folder.
I come, simply open it up, and then I have my organized chaos inside that folder, but the rest of my office is clean and natural. I still have glasses around that I brought in that morning, coffee for me, as well as water. Overall, it’s actually really organized and nice. This is a far cry from what it used to be 10, 15, maybe even five years ago where I would just have organized chaos, just piles around. I knew what was in those piles, but I didn’t start with a clean slate. When I do start with a clean slate, I am that much more productive. My brain space, the subconscious space, and this is talked about in several productivity books. Several productivity books talk about the way to organize your to-do list or task list that your subconscious brain is always taking in your environment.
Having a clean space and starting with a clean space each morning is going to give you more brain power, more creative juice, and energy to actually start and push through in your projects. Regardless if you’re a business owner or you’re working for somebody else or you’re a stay at home parent, cleaning your space is critical. I can almost guarantee that if you do this, you’re going to find just like making your bed, you’re going to find that actually not only do you feel better, but you actually have more energy and more space with which to create. That is a huge part of being the author of your own story. That’s it for me today. As always, remember to share this with three people that you want to start bigger conversations with, building your tribe.
Make sure to do that. Don’t hesitate, use your five-second rule, and do it now. Have a great day and remember to go out and be the author of your own story.
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