After a week or so of warmish weather, it has gotten quite cold again. It is also snowing. While I like winter, I am definitely ready for spring to arrive. Since I can’t have spring weather just yet, I am finding other ways to bring the freshness of springtime into my life.
One way that I have been channeling the freshness and energy of springtime is spring cleaning. I have been making an effort to clean and de – clutter all over the house, and that includes the area where I do my work and the places where I store the items that I use for work. For my home – based businesses, it also means making sure that my computer files are neat and orderly so that I can find things quickly if I need to.
I will be the first to admit that it is difficult to devote time to tidying up my work area and storage areas. When you work for yourself, every minute that you spend on things like cleaning, filing, organizing, and other administrative – type duties is a minute that you are not creating “work product”. As the owner of your own business, though, you are responsible for much more than creating work product. You are responsible for making sure that every aspect of the business functions properly.
Spending a little time every now and then to clean up and possibly even rearrange your work space can give you a boost of motivation and inspiration that carries over into the work that you produce while you are in that space. Also, once you have filed your various papers away and organized your office supplies and your computer desktop and files, you will feel a sense of peace. Simply knowing that everything is put away somewhere that you can locate it easily eliminates a lot of worry as well as a lot of unsightly paper clutter.
It may not be springtime outside yet, but your productivity and creativity can be refreshed and renewed by doing some spring cleaning in the spaces that you use for your home – based business.
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