If the problem is “too much stuff, not enough space,” what do you do? Get more space?
More space fixes the problem for a moment. But that eventually leads to more stuff. And again, not enough space.
That sounds like a vicious cycle.
Getting rid of stuff accomplishes the same goal, right?
If you have an hour to write an email, you’ll write it in an hour.
If you have a large suitcase to bring on your vacation, you’ll fill the large suitcase.
If you have a big plate at the lunch buffet, you’ll fill the plate.
Yes, getting more done, being less cluttered, and eating less can be quite the internal battle. But why fight it? Downsizing is so much easier.
A simple phrase to make you more productive, efficient and stress-free. Oh, and it will do the same for your family, friends and customers. The phrase is a question, actually. “Would you miss it?”
“Would you miss it?” is good for spring cleaning. Pick up a blouse and ask yourself.
“Would you miss it?” is good for small businesses. Just ask the question of your customers. It especially works when considering any business purchase. Will my customers come back to buy because they miss this lamp I’m considering purchasing? “Will they miss it?”
“Would you miss it?” is especially good for software developers and consultants. Clients of these folks, too. Will Windows users miss the Start Button? Or, will the extra piece of functionality be so good that it will be missed if left-out? Or, will it over-complicate the system as a whole resulting in nobody ever saying, “I miss that awesome software, or website or store.”
Ask yourself, “Would you miss it?” If the answer is yes, you’re on the right track. If the answer is no, chances are you have a cluttered closet, a staggering business, or healthcare.gov.