Are WEEDS Blocking Your View?

March 15, 2019

Success Mindset

Do you ever feel like you can’t get a handle on what you want to accomplish?

Have you looked at your surroundings lately?

(This photo is of an actual listing (not mine) – weeds and all! I’m sure the neighbors love this home being for sale and vacant!)

What are your “WEEDS”?

Tolerations, distractions, lack of achieving goals, lack of focus, etc…..

Take an overview of your working conditions:

  • How does your office desk look – clean or cluttered?
  • How does your vehicle look – clean or have food wrappers on the floor, etc?
  • Where do you take notes while on the phone – input into computer or put on Post-It note?

How you take care of your surroundings does affect how you work and how much you can accomplish.

“But, Dan, I know where everything is (in the tall stacks of papers)!”

Well, that may be true, but they’re a DISTRACTION to your business.

Don’t make excuses. Just go through everything and sort them in one of 3 ways:

  1. Take action on it right away.
  2. Save it in an appropriately marked folder or bin.
  3. Throw it away.

I know what you’re thinking. I’ve been there myself. But it’s easier to work and focus on your daily activities when you don’t have conscious and sub-conscious thoughts running through your head about what’s laying all over your desk, while you need to be totally focused on the task at hand.

Now, I say again. Don’t say “My desk is always like that and it’s been that way for years.” That’s a cop-out statement. You need more order and discipline in your life. Real estate can be very chaotic and you can be going in a thousand different directions at once, but that’s all the more reason to keep your surroundings neat and orderly.

Now it’s best to do this late at night or first thing in the morning when you aren’t as likely to be interrupted. Depending on how messy your area is, you may need to schedule a few days or so to complete this clean-up. Don’t be in such a hurry that you only partially finish it. Take the time to do it right!

As you go through items, if there are things that you can implement right away, put them in an “Action” pile and write them down on a piece of paper, so you can prioritize them to action steps when you’re finished cleaning up.

Next, when you find articles, strategies or other items of interest, but you don’t need them right away, store them in a location where you can easily access them. But make sure they’re out of your sight and work area. There’s nothing wrong with smart drawers full of great ideas, but make sure you pick and choose to do some of them from time to time. Otherwise, it’s just filling up space.

You may want to quickly peruse over an article and write down any ideas from onto your computer (less paper) that you can use and then get rid of it. Less mess!

Finally, if you’ve had some items for a long time and haven’t read or used them yet, decide if you really need them. If you don’t, just toss them. You really won’t miss them.

I hope you put these ideas into action if you need to. You can also apply this strategy to your home and your garage and basement.

Living a life filled with WEEDS (tolerations and distractions) isn’t fun. Take time now to change it!

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