In the last 5 weeks I have had the fantastic opportunity to see what it is like to work from home.
As some of you know I was blessed with losing my job. Unfortunately, in the very near future, I will have to return to the 40/50/40 plan for a while.
(40hrs a week/50weeks a year/ for 40years) … sounds terrible ’cause it is !!!
Anyway, with this terrible event pending, and the fact that I will not be able to spend as much time working from home on my blog etc. plus the fact that I have allowed a lot of junk to accumulate on my computer, I decided to do a good thorough house cleaning.
The first thing I did was clean up my desktop.
I had free ebooks, audios, videos, and tools that I would “eventually get to”. So I deleted a whole lot of them, and the others I put in my documents.
My desk top now has two and a half columns of things I actually use, and need. WooHoo !!!
The next thing I did was tackled my documents.
This was even worse than my desktop. Not only did I have all of the above, I had all the screen shots from my blog posts, and nothing was in folders. So I deleted a bunch of junk, and put the rest in folders.
A lot of clicks later my documents is about a quarter of the size it was.
I just had a thought… the mess my desktop, and my documents is like saving newspaper articles, magazines and books you never read, for a later time.
I have a picture in my head of a house with many, many cats, and piles of unread stuff around. LOL
Now I’m on a roll… Gmail…. Ekkkkkk !!!
Every morning that I opened my gmail I had a very long list of peoples latest offerings. While some of the names that I subscribe to are pretty heavy hitters in my field, they honestly do not provide me with very much value. Just affiliate offers from them, and their friends. I think some of them forgot that you need to also provide value to your list.
Sooo…… Buh Bye my old friends.
I unsubscribed from a ton of people, and deleted a bunch of emails that were put in the “read later pile”.
Next, were the Gmail folders that I had.., and I had a lot ! I would actually just file a lot of emails into someones folder without opening it, “for future use”. Most of them I have just deleted. I figure if I didn’t even know what they were, I won’t miss them. Sooo….. kthxbye.
These gmail ones are funny, it’s like subscribing to all the morning newspapers from your city, and the surrounding areas, and then trying to read them before you start to work, or keeping them to read later.
It is a very strange feeling to open up your email and find nothing there. A bit of panic sets in, and then the “what do I do now” feeling, but that is good.
Now, I can concentrate on what I need to do first. What should my priorities be ?
What do I want to accomplish with this blog, and in IM?
I’m still working on that, and will probably write a post about it, but getting rid of some of the distractions, and the time sucking useless tasks has freed up a lot of valuable time. For now though, I’m going to tackle my Favorites, Bookmarks, and RSS feed that I have never read.
What have you done to declutter your working environment ? Are you doing things in your business that are beneficial, and are in line with the direction you want to go, or are you on the wrong side of the 80/20 rule ?
Please leave me a comment, and funny stories etc. I really want to know your experiences… I can’t be the only one that does this… can I ? LOL