As a business owner, I don’t get to watch much TV. But after one episode of Netflix’s Tydying Up, I was hooked!
The New York Times Best Selling Book by Marie Kondo depicted families buried in piles of their own belongings. Super poised Kondo would then appear to rescue these over consumed individuals and help them to save and properly organize only the items that “spark-joy” in their life.
I don’t know about you, but my social feeds have been filled with friends decluttering and organizing their homes. Of course, I did the same!
But what if we could apply some of the same systematic concepts toward our business?
Here, I have outlined the steps to Spark Joy in Your Business using #konmari principles.
Visualize Your Destination
If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know you’ve arrived?
Just like Marie urges homeowners to imaging their home- beautifully organized. In business you must visualize and plan with the end in mind. Write down your goals then break them down into action steps.
Dress the part.
Marie recommends treating the organization process as a respected occasion. In business, you must embody the person who you wish to become. By stepping into the person that has already achieved your decided goals will help you with embark with confidence and the proper attitude.
Decide what “sparks joy”.
When you wake up in the morning, are you excited to do your work? Reflect on your business systems, processes and partnerships. It’s necessary to reflect and do only the things that’s aligned with your values and vision. It is acceptable to decide that something is no longer serving you and to move toward another direction.
-Declutter. It’s vital to take into consider your daily (and hourly) actions.I’m sure you have heard that 80% of our task make up 20% of our success. Take an honest look at your schedule and notice what actions are eating away your valuable productive hours. Try keeping a record of all your activities for one week. The results may shock you.
As you achieve your goals, take a moment to acknowledge how far you have come. Think back to the beginning of your journey and imagine how proud you would be. Even be grateful for “failure” as these are lessons learned. As you “declutter” inefficient meetings, relationships or outdated systems. Give thanks to those tools that showed you the value of time and technology. Through the process of elimination, we learn what is important through what is proved not.
Trust the process.
Just like with growing a business and clearing out the garage. It’s not going to happen overnight. And it could get worse before it gets better. Follow your intuition and trust that you always know the best next step. By taking consistent actionable steps, you will move forward and discover what’s truly important to you. Trust you will succeed.