That’s right – I hate it! To me cleaning is a total waste of my time and energy. Why in the world would I want to spend a lovely Arizona fall morning cleaning my office or house when I could be out with family and friends? If you were to come to my home right now, you will find I can write my name in the dust. Not to mention the a massive dust bunny / hair ball in my daughter’s bathroom that I have been allowing to grow for several weeks - just how big CAN it get? Now, I am not saying that my house is a wreck and on the verge of being condemned. Which brings me to my point – being clean and being organized are not the same thing.
How do you know if you have a cleaning problem or an organizing problem? The answer has nothing to do with what you see in front of you. It cannot be found in the piles of paper marked URGENT tittering on the corner of your desk, or holiday cards from five years ago, or the random business cards hidden like "Where’s Waldo" throughout your office. The answer is in the impact that operating this way has on your business and your life. You can have an unclean office and still be the best in your field. However, being unorganized can put you out of business.
“Your business is nothing more than a distinct reflection of who you are. If your thinking is sloppy, your business will be sloppy. If you are disorganized, your business will be disorganized.”
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work & What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber.
Stop for a moment and think about the impact that not being organized has had on your business or your personal life. How many times a week are you late for an appointment? How much time do you spend looking for a phone number or address? Has a client ever had to ask more than once for something? Have you simply forgotten to pay a bill? Lost your keys? Made an excuse for not getting something done? Your intelligent enough to know from your answers – you tell me, how bad is it?