How to Eliminate Your Information Hoarder Ways in 3 Simple Steps!
Her library, once a bookshelf, are now piles on the floor and bed. Binders hold her clippings and her computer hard drive is bursting with information.
Her physical life is cluttered with paper. Her computer and email inbox are cluttered with articles and junk mail. She has a hard time finding what she’s looking for- and yet, she can’t let go.
She is not being effective as a nutritionist. Her business is not making money; she is tired, stressed and irritable. Information clutter is affecting her life.
Once committed to creating a change, Sally had to commit to three things to decrease her “research” piles and command control again:
If it doesn’t fit, don’t collect. Sally’s office space allowed for a small book case, which after the recycling and de-cluttering process was left with a small empty shelf. Once the space is filled again, she cannot collect anymore.
The same principle applies for your inbox. Set a maximum number for emails in your inbox and folders. If your inbox is grand central station, I recommend not going over 50. Yes, 50 emails should be your maximum inbox amount. If you hit 50, its time to categorize in folders or delete.
Hoarding of any kind keeps you from developing productive patterns that help you take back control of your business. However, information hoarding can be tricky if considered vital for business. Make sure you are not collecting information, in case of needing it one day. Look around, if you have piles or if your computer is full- you are hoarding.
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