Friday, January 20, 2017

5 Step Business KonMari: Boost Sales, Streamline, Stress Less, ENJOY Your Biz

If you're a creative business owner you probably struggle a bit with organization. It's not entirely your fault, you're trying to take on too much on your own thanks to that stubborn independent entrepreneurial streak. You probably struggle with mind clutter, with too many ideas to choose from thanks to right-brain hyperactivity. Let me paint a prettier alternative scenario.

With this method you put everything you own in front of you to confront it, then sort it away for good!

Imagine being in a constant zen state of "flow" with your business. You don't have to stop for minor details and hiccups, you can always just work in an organized beautiful fashion. You design, create, and earn without fuss or stress.

Yeah, I'm not there yet. Is anyone? Can't be, life's not perfect. BUT life and business is 1000% smoother with some excellent organizing systems and the KonMari method is a perfect one to apply to business. I always go back to it to get things back in order. When shit happens, and it often does, it gets me back on track. Business life is not perfect, but I thank this method for being as close to it as it's ever been. I really feel like having this method helped me get from a confused place in my life to having a profitable and rapidly growing business that has a brick and mortar store front and many outdoor markets and workshops around Florida scheduled for 2017! I know I won't shut up about this method but when something revolutionizes your life you're so happy you want to share it and help others with it!

Step 1) Envision the perfect business situation

The KonMari method asks you to start by envisioning your ideal life. What exactly do you want your brand to look like? How often do you want to work? As little as possible while earning as much as possible, perhaps? What kind of clients do you want, I'm guessing, the nicest ones that pay well and don't make negative waves in your life? Write ALL of this down, vividly imagine that perfect business life. Make a pin board of brands, workspaces, and lifestyle things that inspire you.

Step 2) Touch EVERY SINGLE BUSINESS ITEM you own, keep what "Sparks Joy", donate the rest

Bonus points if you do this for EVERYTHING you own and not just business items! This helps you for several reasons:

I) Eliminates clutter which makes operations smoother
II) Aids you come tax season, all your paperwork will be in order by the end of this!
III) As you realize what "sparks joy" you go on a self-discovery journey, discovering what you want your business visual branding and direction to be

You must touch EVERY SINGLE ITEM in order of category which go as follows:

1) Clothing / Accessories
2) Books
3) Papers* 
4) CDs / DVDs
5) Office Supplies
6) Kitchen Supplies
7) Pantry
8) Household Supplies (cleansers, cleaning supplies, etc.)
9) Tools
10) Bathroom Supplies
11) Furniture and Decor
12) Memorabilia

*With papers Marie Kondo's advice is to toss it ALL unless absolutely necessary, she says you will probably always have a small "out box" of things to do. She does, I do too, but that we should strive for it to be empty or near-empty.

You go category by category, laying every single item in that category on the floor in front of you and then holding each item to determine if it "Sparks Joy" or not. Laying it on the floor shocks you with the volume! Go through category by category in order. 

Step 3) Reduce Until it "Feels Right" This Can Take Multiple Runs and Months, that's fine

Reduce until you intuitively feel a space is "just right." You'll refine this as you go on. It may take weeks or months to go through all the categories above, that's fine. You may go through the whole method and then feel like you need to do it again like I did, that's fine, too.

Step 4) Go Back to a Certain Category As-Needed if Clutter Bubbles Up Again

The thing with business like I said before...shit happens! Sometimes you have to put out proverbial fires and another area of the business suffers. This has happened for me, but I go back to the method when I get behind and create a build-up and eliminate the clutter, getting back to delicious, beautiful order!

Step 5) Keep that initial vision in mind, purge what doesn't spark joy as-needed, buy judiciously

Going forward be VERY SMART about what you buy, be sure it goes with your vision for your business. Do a monthly business review. Are you aligning with the vision you started with when you began this journey? Is clutter cropping up again? Look at this honestly and work to correct it.

*By the way, regarding the list-making and paperwork craziness... I want to host 1 or 2 free community workshops per month in the space pictured above. The first meet-up to be one on list-making and planning for the new year. There will be yummy tea and camaraderie. I'll post details on social media. I hope you'll RSVP if you're local :)

I had a KonMari series planned for January but did a detailed retrospective instead. I'll probably be back with more posts on the method in time for spring cleaning season! Do let me know if you have any questions at all on this method or using it for business. And as always, please do share any methods you have for organization, planning, etc. I'm always experimenting with new techniques.

If you're struggling to figures yourself and/or your business' purpose, raise sales, or just life a more stress-free life, I highly recommend trying to KonMari method for everything related to your business! For us prone-to-mess creative types, it's a miracle worker.
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6 comments:

  1. Vanessa, this is so great and inspiring as always! And I totally understand. Since doing KM, I seriously can't shut about it and keep telling everyone to go buy her first book. It truly is life-changing, and I just want to share all the magic to everyone:D. Applying it in business makes total sense because the principles are applicable in all aspects of life, really.

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    1. I loaned my first book and it's been loaned again, flowing around and helping those in need :D haha.

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  2. I love these purging tips. I am super organized in my regular life but somehow my office has collected way too many supplies that I no longer use. One of these times when things are slower I need to get all that stuff together to donate to the local art center. Organization is definitely a never ending thing when life gets in the way. Keeping up with KonMari would make a huge difference.

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    1. Yep, the organization never truly ends, it's a lifelong journey. Unless you live out of your backpack and even then, you have to purge those contents!

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  3. whoa.. that before is making we stress out just looking at it.

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    1. Haha, the "real" before didn't look nearly as bad, that's the "before" when I take everything out and put it in one spot to start organizing it by category. But yeh, I can't tolerate clutter like that either so it was all put back away in order in one night :)

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