I’ve been hit by the KonMari Method, the tiding-up craze inspired by the divine Marie Kondo, the successful author and now star of her own Netflix series. She applies the act of mindfulness to the possessions in the home, and teaches people how to keep their house tidy with only things that ‘spark joy’.
Whilst I move around my house, opening cupboards and drawers, I am struck by how much stuff we’ve accumulated in only four years of being in our home. Do we need it? Why do I have it? And why do we spend time housing things we simply don’t like, need or want?
This got me thinking about what Marie Kondo would say about our businesses. If she looked under the hood of your business and asked, what sparked joy for you – what would you say? Your job, team, office, clients or product? And if you had to get rid of the things that weren’t serving you, how much time would that free up to do the important things?
Marie Kondo says, tidying up is freeing the home of the clutter, and living mindfully so we can concentrate on the important things in life such as family, and not the unimportant distractions of life. Now is a good time to ask ourselves, what is the clutter in our business? What just isn’t working but we keep doing over and over again? What are the important things I’m just not getting to?
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We wish you a prosperous, happy (and tidy) 2019, Felicity Zadro