I’ve been resisting watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix. Not that I don’t have an appreciation for what she does but I’m a bit of a rebel and generally step away from the “latest thing”.

 

Once I started watching I was hooked! As I watched Marie work her brand of magic on the people and their homes, I couldn’t help but wonder how people let their homes and lives get out of control like that.

 

With that question you know that I’m not a hoarder of stuff! Yet the answer is there, even for me, it builds up little by little. That book that you wanted, an extra pair of those jeans that you love; telling yourself that you can’t throw things away “just in case”.

 

Systems do not spark joy for everyone. I know that. I see it all the time. I see it in my clients when we have our first call and they’re dreading the idea of putting systems in place in their business.

 

Then, little by little, I see them change.

 

I start getting messages like “I’m so excited about systematizing and automating my business with your guidance!”

What secret magic is this? Am I in fact a taller, more casually dressed, Kiwi version of Marie Kondo?

 

Marie and I (love throwing that into a sentence) have a similar way of working. We both want to reconnect the people with the home, or business, and we have a step by step process to make that happen.

 

The results are the same too…

 

More time. More energy. Less anxiety. Less stress. 

 

Think about decluttering your house. The task seems enormous; you don’t know where to start. There is so much to do that you don’t have any faith that you’ll ever get to the other side of it. Do you start with your clothes or with the garage? Do you tidy the kitchen or tackle that junk drawer?

 

How did it all get so out of control?

 

Once you have a clear plan, and someone to support you along the way, things start to feel more positive. You can see the results and get encouraged to work on another area. Piece by piece you recreate a home that you love.

 

The same is true for organising your business. The task seems enormous; you don’t know where to start. There is so much to do that you don’t have any faith that you’ll ever get to the other side of it. Do you start with your client booking system or your content creation system? Do you tidy up your emails or tackle the digital files?

 

How did it all get so out of control?

 

Once you have a clear plan, and someone to support you along the way, things start to feel more positive. You can see the results and get encouraged to work on another area. Piece by piece you recreate a business that you love.

 

My clients start seeing not just the systems but what systems can bring to their business.

 

Does this task spark joy for you?

Marie’s approach is for people to ask the question “does it spark joy for you?” about each item that they own.

 

You can also ask yourself the same question about the tasks that you perform in your business. Having a clear understanding of what tasks you do, and don’t like, in your business will give you a starting point for which system you’ll put in place first. If there is a task that you don’t like doing then creating a simple system around it can free up your energy (and make it easier to outsource).

 

Take a look at the pieces of your business. Which spark joy for you?

 

Read more: 7 Decluttering Tips: How to release your attachment to your stuff

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