10 Ways to Spring Clean Your Business

10 Ways to Spring Clean Your Business

While it's only March, the sun is shining on this warm day - and it has me motivated to clean. There's something about cleaning that represents a fresh start. Plus, for me an uncluttered envitoment translates to a somewhat uncluttered mind.

As entrepreneurs, we spend lots of time working online, and that can create computer chaos. It's time to clean that stuff and get ready for the renewed energy of spring. 

Here are 10 things for entrepreneurs to clean up their virtual worlds.

10 Ways to Spring Clean Your Digital Life

1. Move files from your desktop into appropriate folders. 
2. Delete all that junk from your Downloads folder (where your computer automatically downloads files). 
3. Wipe down that keyboard and screen. I don't know if it's true that our keyboards are dirtier than toilets, but gross.
4. Categorize your expensess in your accounting software. 
5. Back up photos to Dropbox or the cloud of your choice and then delete them from your computer.
6. While you're in your Dropbox account, go ahead and organize and delete extraneous files there.
7. Use your computer's disk clean up tool to get rid of extra files.
8. Ugh. Email. It may take an entire day to tackle this one, but you'll feel so much better when you do. I don't know if Inbox Zero is achieveable, but at least move emails that don't need replies into folders and delete, delete, delete that junk.
9. Don't forget to unsubscribe to those newsletters and retail emails you don't need before you delete them.
10. If you read your Google (or other) email using a program such as Outlook, be sure you're not saving duplicate copies on the servers. Log in to your gmail directly from the Google website. You may find when you are deleting the emails from Outlook they aren't being removed by Google. If you pay for a business account, those emails may be counting towards your usage limit.

These tasks will take a while to complete, but you'll feel so much better once you're finished. Why not enjoy the spring weather by heading to a coffee shop patio near you and get to cleaning?
 

Additional Inspiration

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Have you read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo yet? It was all the rage when it first came out. I do agree with her overall sentiment of not keeping anything that doesn't bring you joy. However, I'm seriously not going to spend the time to hold every object in my home and ask myself if it indeed makes me happy - an exercise she recommends. But is is still a good read and inspiring.

My style is more along the lines of Everything That Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. The book is more in story format and more inspiring to me. I have no idea why, but it feels less judgemental to me.

 

Finally, I love the book Essentailism by Greg McKeown. It is like decluttering for your life rather than your physical clutter. It really makes you think about how you are spending your time.

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