What Getting Rid of 50% Of My Stuff Is Teaching Me About Building A Business

To prepare for our upcoming move, my family and I got rid of almost half of our stuff. This may seem like we went crazy, but it is leading us to a more fulfilling life and an easier move. But above and beyond that I’m learning a huge lesson in my business.

Getting rid of junk brings clarity

Over the past few years, I’ve tried and (mostly) failed to start several businesses online. Everything from WordPress themes to passive income blogs to niche websites. I even got into dropshipping websites one time. Ugh.

While I can’t say that I’ve had some epiphany or I’m suddenly an online business ninja guru expert, I can say that I am more focused and clear headed about business than I ever have been. I’m reading, studying and listening to those who have succeeded more. I’m working on a few core select businesses.

Most importantly, I’ve learned to say no. Chris Lema is famous for saying no. This simple step has allowed me to clear away all the junk that I was involved in before. It has even helped me to decide to let go of some good opportunities. This has been instrumental in my current growth because it has let me take advantage of great opportunities. Good is the enemy of great.

Getting rid of all of these things in my life that weren’t the best possible opportunities has allowed me to see the things I want to focus on more clearly. I have clarity to make good decisions in my business and to get things done efficiently.

Building a solid business take focus

With this renewed clarity, I’ve been able to focus more on the core tenets of my business and ensure that those are utilized and fed. This has been essential lately as I haven’t had a lot of time to invest in building side businesses with my full time job and preparing to move. So the limited amount of time I’ve been able to invest has had to be laser focused on achieving specific goals.

I’ve begun creating manageable to-do lists of short term goals with specific tasks like:

  • Write a post on XXX today and schedule for ____.
  • Install ____ plugin and configure.
  • Email so and so a short reminder that I need X by Y.

These kind of short, to the point, and actionable to dos have led to a huge increase in getting things done that have measurable impact on business and growth. While focus isn’t going to make you millions, it will help to take your hard work and invest it wisely.

So what can you get rid of mentally or physically to help you focus?


Published by Matt Pritchett

Matt is a Christian, a husband, a father to two beautiful girls and a WordPress developer at CrowdFavorite. He also creates software for nonprofits and enterprise customers at Pritchett Media.

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