Gem Publishing September 2018

5 Principles To De-Clutter Your Practice and Your Life

Principle 4: Productivity is directly related to being able to find what you need when you need it.

How much time do you waste looking for misplaced documents or other important items? The ability to quickly find what you need directly affects your practice, your relationships, and your life. Barbara Hemphill is the author of many remarkable books on this subject. For the past 34 years, she’s been helping people cut through their clutter so they can live happier and fuller lives. Barbara takes her systems to organizations large and small, helping them establish principles to work more efficiently. In “GIC Webinar 082 — Hemphill 5 Step Strategy to De-Clutter Your Business and Your Life,” she takes us through several principles to help us understand how to better organize our practices. If you’re afraid that de-cluttering and organizing means you have to throw away precious belongings, it doesn’t. You can keep anything in your life as long as you’re willing to pay the cost. So what’s the price? Well, each belonging you own has a certain amount of time, space, money, and energy attached to it. If you’re willing to pay the toll for what that belonging requires, then by all means, keep it. But Barbara tempers the notion of keeping all your “precious” belongings with a counterpunch: “What’s the worst possible scenario if I didn’t have this?” Principle 1: There is a cost factor to everything in your life.

I’ve personally used Barbara’s methods and have seen a dramatic improvement in all aspects of my life. Using what I learned from Barbara, I can usually find any important document — digital or paper, recent or decades old — in less than 60 seconds. Members of our Gems family have also achieved results in their practices by de-cluttering and increasing productivity. If you want to spend less time searching and more time engaging with patients, then implementing her principles across all aspects of your practice could be a defining moment for you. Email has a snowball effect like no other; the more you let your inbox get out of control, the more work you’re creating for yourself. The strategies Barbara discusses in this webinar are invaluable, but to do them justice requires far more space than we have in this newsletter. If you’re looking to take control of your email, paper documents, and more, head on over to the Gems Insiders Circle Webinars and find “GIC Webinar 082 — Hemphill 5 Step Strategy to De-Clutter Your Business and Your Life” today. It’ll change your practice and your life. Principle 5: Today’s mail is tomorrow’s pile.

Principle 2: If you don’t know you have it, or you can’t find it, what value is it to you?

A lot of clutter is precisely that — clutter. “80 percent of what we keep we never use,” says Barbara. If that’s the case, then there’s extraneous “stuff” in the way of what really matters to our lives. By keeping only the essential items we know we need and having a system in place to find them, we can spend less time searching and more time accomplishing goals.

Principle 3: Get a little better.

“If you want to be an effective leader, you need to be organized,” says Barbara. So much of the success of our practices relies on our ability to grow as leaders. Leadership guru John Maxwell explains a concept known as “The Law of the Lid.” This “law” states that your growth as a leader is directly related to the growth of your practice. When you combine this with Barbara’s principles, it becomes clear that success in your practice is directly related to your organizational abilities.

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