Trim And Focus. Do You Need 5 Staplers On Your Desk?

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5 Ways To Trim and Focus

This is a busy time of the year but why wait until Spring to get organized? Feeling overwhelmed? You realize that you created your circumstances, don’t you? It is time to get into gear and declutter. It’s Trim and Focus time! You can trim a turkey and trim a tree and you can trim your business. Trying to manage and utilize many programs at the same time is like having 5 staplers on your desk. It’s silly when you think about it.

If you are a beginning marketer, you probably bought into the shiny object syndrome trying out everything under the sun to figure out what works. When the dust settled, you may have found yourself sitting on a pile of programs and tools which may not be doing anything for you. Grab a piece of paper and start listing every programs you are in and see if you are overloaded. A good way to know is check your email folders.

Ask yourself, “Why did I join or buy so many programs?” There are several reasons. One is that new marketers tend to dabble a lot trying to find the “secret” to making money online. (I’ll tell you right now, there is no “secret.” It takes a lot of hard work, determination, and never giving up to succeed.)  You may have signed up to help a friend. You may have heard about having multiple streams of income, which is a great direction to go. However in the process you may not have settled on the ones that will work for you. It’s like having 5 staplers on your desk. Overkill.

With every program you sign up for, you get new passwords to deal with, extra email, and losing money. If you attempt to keep track of everything, it creates overwhelm and anxiety. You don’t have to get rid of everything, but trimming will help ease the feeling of overwhelm. If you are not using it. Trim it.

Let’s look at 5 steps you can take to trim and focus and start being productive and generating money.

Trim and Focus Step 1

List every program that’s related to your business along with the maintenance costs. Seeing expenses with no return will help you decide whether the program is worth keeping. Here is a list to jog your memory. Not all of them will pertain to you. There are hundreds of programs, tools, courses, infoproducts, and videos. This is a list to help you target what you have accumulated in your business.

I’ve separated all programs activities into 4 major groups:

Group 1 Major Programs
Primary Program
Affiliate Programs
Memberships and/or subscriptions

Group 2 Tools-Choose the ones you use and trim the rest.
Hosting
Autoresponders
Spam Programs
Submission tools
Graphic Design Programs

Group 3 Social Media-Each program has applications you may no longer be using. Trim it.
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Pinterest
Google+

Group 4 Activities which take time
Syndication-You may be a member of a tribe which is working for you. Are you inactive in any others? Time to trim.
RSS programs-You only need one. If you’ve subscribed to 3 or 4 different ones. Time to trim.
Webinars-If you regularly participate in webinars, that’s fine. However you may have programs that that you used in the past to attend webinars. Time to trim. The same thing goes for conference software.
Groups-Are you inactive in any groups? It’s okay to leave. Narrow your choices to the ones you are active in. Groups can include Facebook groups, mastermind groups, and/or associations.

Group 5 Miscellaneous
Pay Processors
Passwords

In this group you don’t have to cancel, but this is a group that needs organization. You may be in different programs which require you to be subscribed to different pay processors. If that is the case, then be sure to have all the information stored in one place or on a spreadsheet. The same is true for passwords. I’ll save passwords for a different blog post. If your browser remembers your password or you have an autosave password tool, that helps a lot, but you need a retrieval record somewhere. If you switch computers, or you lose data, it will save you a lot of heartache and frustration.

Trim and Focus Step 2

Prioritize by listing your primary programs in order from absolute keeps to possible deletes. The more detailed your list, the better.

Trim and Focus Step 3

Cancel any subscription or memberships which is not contributing to creating income. If you are in an affiliate program that is dead, don’t be fearful that your sponsor will be upset. If you decide to leave a program, contact your sponsor and let them know it’s not working for you. Be honest. A good sponsor will understand. If you decide to cancel a program, it is most likely you are not active anyway. If you are not generating any money, your sponsor isn’t either.

Trim and Focus Step 4

Email revamping-Once you have decided which programs to get rid of, delete folders associated with any program you cancel. Change your thinking from “I might need this later” to “Any folder not currently being used has to go.”

Trim and Focus Step 5

Choose your top 2 Top Programs and focus on those 2 every day. Be consistent with every daily task and you will see results.

Here are a few examples:

If you are monetizing a blog, then your attention is focused on creating your posts and syndication.
If you are doing Facebook advertising. Work on your ad campaigns every day until you see results. You will.
If you are buying solo ads and promoting a product. Focus on only those activities which are leading to generating income.
If you are monetizing Social Media, focus on the tasks needed to continue making connections and networking.

Hopefully, if you trim and focus, it will help you reduce your anxiety, save you time, frustration, and money.  You don’t need 5 staplers on your desk.

I’d love to hear different ways you reduce your feelings of overwhelm? Feel free to comment and share!

Raena_Lynn

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45 thoughts on “Trim And Focus. Do You Need 5 Staplers On Your Desk?

  1. Garen
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    Organization is key if you want to stay on track. I have a pdf calendar and basically schedule all my task I need to do. Simply check them off as I do them. It keeps me on track as I know I get side tracked easily.

    True, people think making money online is easy work. Not realizing that I work a nine to five, just from my home.

    Good tips on looking at programs and systems you use. Why waste money. Don’t know how long I have had paypal subscription, but failed to cancel them for months 🙁

    Garen

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Garen,

      You have to have some type of system to stay organized. Your PDF idea sounds great! I had a couple of programs which were dead, except for the billing! It is surprising how many hidden charges we may have and not know it. Thanks for visiting again! I’m curious about your fiver blog article…I’ll be sure to visit your blog.

      Raena Lynn

      Raena Lynn

      1. Garen
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        Yeah there are some good finds on there. Just don’t use their backlink building or anything. They are garbage 🙂

  2. Steven Hughes
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    Hi Raena –

    You’ve outlined a great way to take control of the issue of information overload. It can easily take on a life of its own. I will definitely have to implement some of your ideas listed. Like you say, the crux is trim and focus.

    Best Regards,
    Steve

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Steven,

      Thanks for visiting my blog! Besides information overload, trim and focus is also about finding ways to save time and money. I hope you will implement my ideas and definitely get rid of any programs you are not using, especially the ones with monthly subscriptions.

      Raena Lynn

  3. Great article and advice Raena, you’ve shared some of my favorite tips! You know I’m really anal-retentive when it comes to organizing. There’s not a scrap of paper on my desk, not a stapler one, and not a single document to be filed … heaven knows how I got this way, kind of a blessing and a curse 🙂

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Marquita,

      After reading your comment, I remember Andy Rooney did a piece on “60 Minutes” about messy desks and workstations. After watching several offices that looked like they were hit by a tornado, I’d take a clean, neat desk any day! Personally, I cannot imagine working in that chaos! The saying, “A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind” was probably written by a super unorganized person who had piles of papers, pens, pencils, post-it notes, plants, and staplers on their desks. I’ve seen desks like that and I cannot understand the excuse for the eyesore that it is okay because “They know where everything is.” That may be true for obvious tasks, but I’ll bet they waste a lot of time searching for documents, and going through files to find what they need. I read an article titled “Messy desks and work-spaces cost $177 billion dollars in productivity.” If that number is reality, then people with messy desks are criticizing those who can do their work and stay organized. I think your neat desk is a blessing.

      Raena Lynn

  4. Adrienne
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    Hey Raena,

    Oh girl, what an important topic. We can all get so overwhelmed with everything we have going on online because of that shiny object syndrome we all have fallen into while here.

    I remember early on being told to write down the top five activities I needed to do throughout my day in order to get the results I wanted. I’ve held to that schedule ever since and I check them off my list every single day.

    I use to be that person who opted into so many lists to learn from them but it’s pretty easy to start being overwhelmed with too many emails so you have to decide which ones are benefiting you and which ones aren’t.

    Huh, what kind of system do I have. Well, I have everything in an excel spreadsheet because that works so much better for me. Oh yeah, and I have one for my taxes as well and my accountant loves me when I come in to have mine done. I’m annoyingly organized and even keep all my receipts in a three ring binder. This is the way I’m able to see what I’m spending each month, what I have coming in and what I may need to cut.

    Great list Raena and this is not only crucial for newbies but for those who aren’t seeing results yet, this list is just as important.

    Great post girl and thanks for bringing this to our attention especially as we move into the holiday season. I always say, there is never a better time to start then today.

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy your weekend now.

    ~Adrienne

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Adrienne,

      I’m glad you liked my post. Accountability works because I told you gals what I was planning to do, and I did it! Thanks. I agree that organization is important and it is obvious to me that you are “highly organized.” There are not many like you that instinctively know how to keep things under control. I’ll bet your email box is cleaned to zero every day! I’m an excel spread sheet user myself…keeps track of everything!

      I’ve discovered that delete and cancel buttons can be my friends. The process of “laying everything out on the table” and taking action to trim the time and money wasters, relieves stress and makes room for focusing on what is important. Thanks for your support and Happy Holidays, now that Thanksgiving is over. I’ll see you and the gang next week!

      Raena Lynn

  5. Clint Butler
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    I have had to do this as well. There was a point that I was paying for so many things and didn’t use but one or two of them. It was getting out of control. So I dumped over half of them and those that I kept are getting much more use these days!! Now the next task it to clean out the inbox. I was getting over a 1000 emails a day and that’s down to about 150, but its still too much. Looking forward to getting that straight.

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Clint,

      Nice to see you here. It’s easy to let these programs pile up. It’s sad to think that 50% of what we buy may get dumped, but it is true. We only have so many hours in a day for our business and it all comes together once we trim and focus. By the way, in inbox of 150 day is pretty darn good! It sounds like you have managed to keep things under control.

      Raena Lynn

  6. Nile
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    All those shiny things and it is no wonder even newbies get caught up collecting things they will never need. I have had my fair share of plugin collecting in the past. Usually these days I pick a few plugins to review on a test site and then uninstall. As for premium, I usually find a friend to try it before I buy it and see if it is truly necessary for me.

    This has proved to be a good solution towards my plugin hoarding ways…lol

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Nile,

      I totally understand your attraction to plugins. They are intriguing. I have collected them too, but with time, I was able to figure out which ones were the most useful to me. One thing I learned last week from Adrienne Smith is that deactivated plugins actually effect SEO negatively. That motivated me to delete any extra plugins I had deactivated. Now if I’m not happy with a plugin I’ve installed, I will immediately delete it. I agree with premium services. Most of the time the free version will usually meet my needs. The only plugin I own which is premium is CommentLuv. Thanks for your visit!

      Raena Lynn

  7. Sarah Arrow
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    A good read Raena, packed with useful advice. I was hooked with the 5 staplers headline… I thought only I did that 😉

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for stopping by. It’s funny you were drawn to 5 staplers! Yes, it could be staplers or boxes of paper clips or…you know the list can go on and on. Sometimes there is too much and we need to take the time to declutter and clear out what is not useful. If it isn’t done periodically…well maybe you have seen hoarder television shows? It is easy to lose control over time not realizing that the accumulated piles are slowly growing!

      This post refers mainly to online activities, but cleaning and organizing tangible tools and supplies will also give you a sigh of relief and allow your mind to focus on what is at hand. We can see the clutter around us, but at the same time, hundreds of folders and programs which may be useless are continuing to be stored on our hard drives.

      I went through a major declutter phase and I found out there is an art to it! It is easy to lose control over time and not realizing that the accumulated piles are slowly growing. I suppose that is why yard sales are so popular. For those people who hate yard sales, who would have thought years ago that they would pay someone to come to their home or office and help declutter? That could be an interesting profession!

      Raena Lynn

  8. Sue Price
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    Hi Raena

    Wow what great advice. I only wish you had written this 2 years ago and I had read it then. It would have saved me so much wasted time. Although you know what, I probably would have still done all of those things.

    I am in the process of culling what I do. I remember being told to avoid bright shiny objects when I first came online but hey I still fell into the trap of checking out everything.

    I still have some things I pay for that I do nothing with so time to go.

    Thanks Raena for such good advice.

    Sue

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Sue,

      I think all of us fall for the shiny objects. I’m guilty too. We must set aside a time to assess what is going on and start “culling” as you said. The key is to move forward and declutter. If you do have some memberships, programs, or subscriptions that you are not using, time to go! Thank you for your comments. Stay strong with your Mum.

      Raena Lynn

  9. Raena this is just what I needed today! As the end of the year is approaching, I am doing my end of the year cleaning – which puts my spring cleaning to shame!

    I am in the process of trimming down, but here you have given me the extra mile to do it. I do need to trash so many things and unsubscribe to emails it is just crazy.

    I have finished cleaning up Facebook and have deleted so many people it is hysterical. But that was a pressing issue because I had to make decisions on people I wanted to engage with that were just pushing their stuff.

    Now I am working on my unsubscribing on emails. I must have hit so many wrong buttons,I’ve to subscribed so that is a work in process.

    I have one paid program I just didn’t get to that I will keep and start focusing on that as soon as my “better half” works out the tweeks on our webinar.

    In a nutshell, I’m focusing on tasks that are bringing in money first, then my social groups which I enjoy so much. But on the back end, still writing follow-up emails for my new list.

    I just love this approach!
    Donna

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Donna,

      I’m so glad the timing was good. Decluttering and deleting is something we have to do once in awhile. You inspired me to go through my Facebook and trim my friend list too! You are so right about focusing on tasks that are bringing in money. I know how important your social groups are so don’t think about trimming those!

      Raena Lynn

  10. Lynn Jones
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    Raena,
    Great guideline and steps to trim and focus. You speak my language and I bet you speak the language of many online networkers out there. We take the bait and sign up and find out some are not working. Like you said, zero in and focus on the ones that are. We know which ones. I also like how getting rid of dead programs actually cuts down on your email inbox. Yikes, mine is full.
    Thanks so much, I am keeping your article.
    Lynn

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Lynn,

      Isn’t it sad how shiny objects can die? It is true. There are some excellent products out there, but there are also some which, to be honest, are not worth the money. So many marketers purchase tools and systems they believe will turn on the money flow…not necessarily. Implementation is needed and unfortunately there are a lot of people who don’t take action. So the program dies because of neglect, or it’s not a very good program. It is stifling how many emails we get for a program sign up. First there is the welcome, then usually a newsletter, follow-up, and announcements. Get rid of the program. Get rid of the emails…good point! Thanks Lynn!

      Raena Lynn

  11. Jupiter Jim
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    Great Post!

    We have all signed up for stuff that we are no longer actually using and this is a great reminder to cut out those programs and subscriptions that we are no longer using!!!!

    It is never too late or too soon to stop paying for software that we are no longer using — and there is a ton of them.

    My rule is that if a product or software program or membership is not going to pay for itself within 30 days, then I won’t buy it. There are always exceptions, but it’s great rule to keep you from signing up for every new thing on the “Warrior Forum” LOL.

    ~ Jupiter Jim

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Jim,

      Oh yes, the Warrior Forum! It’s incredible how many tempting and incredible products there are! I could collect them all! But we have to have self restraint, because as you mentioned–there is a ton of them! I think most people know they have programs they are paying for and not really using, but it is a matter of taking an assessment and writing it down. That way you can really see what is happening. It makes it easier to delete or unsubscribe when you see the money you are wasting. I think your rule to not purchase a product if it doesn’t return within 30 days is a good tip. I realize it doesn’t pertain to every kind of program, but that rule can prevent buying too many “money wasters.” Thanks for your visit!

      Raena Lynn

  12. Great post, Raena! You are so right about the importance of getting rid of the stuff that isn’t useful. I learned that the hard way when I couldn’t check my e-mail for one day, and I came home to hundreds of e-mails. What made it even worse was not realizing that in the world of blogging, a lot of people copy their content from one of about four or five gurus. Now, I’ve got most of those lists out of my inbox, and I just keep others with updates to blogs. It has helped a lot.

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for your visit! Email overload can be a huge problem for us…that’s my conclusion from what I’ve heard from many beginning and seasoned marketers and bloggers. I do my best to stay organized and spend a little time every day keeping my inbox clean. I’m noticing much more mail recently…guess it’s due to the holidays. The best thing to do is unsubscribe to any lists which are not necessary. I also use filters to redirect mail into separate folders.

      Many people use email swipes from gurus and I admit, I’ve done it myself. I’m working on broadcasting and writing to my list on a regular basis. It’s a learning process and marketers need to start somewhere. I think beginners don’t have enough confidence to do it on their own until they get more experience. With time and learning, they realize they have just as much to offer. It may not be “guru” caliber, but it certainly works well when you are authentic and connect so people trust you.

      Raena Lynn

  13. clare
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    Hi Raena,
    What a great topic and I love your heading – really captured my attention. Every online marketer needs to go through their list of products. I am still working through programs I bought in 2012. however, I am working through them and won’t be buying new ones until I have done the work and tested, tested, tested. I recently went through all the tools I was paying for and got rid of several that weren’t serving my business. I am running extremely lean so that is good, I guess. I am also going to put together a spreadsheet to help me with my DMO! Focus and discipline are so key to success in our business.
    And my pet – hate is folks who put me on their email list thinking I will be buying from them – I HATE THIS!!!! Don’t they know we only buy from those we know, like and trust???

    Here’s to 2013!

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Clare,

      That’s great that you streamlined your products…those tools can sure add up! I don’t have a problem with being on someones list as long as I have opted in. I too get random emails once in awhile from someone who I am not connected with in any way. I unsubscribe and that’s that…most of the time. I appreciate your comments and putting together a spreadsheet is a great idea!

      Raena Lynn

  14. Sue Neal
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    Hi Raena,

    This is great advice about something I’m constantly struggling with. I try to be reasonably organised, but the volume of materials you have to deal with online makes it extremely difficult.

    One of the best things I’ve done recently was to subscribe to a password manager – that’s saving me a huge amount of time. And as I’ve become more experienced, I’m much more careful about the programs I download and the lists I subscribe to.

    Apart from trimming, I think the most helpful thing you can do is make sure you have a cast-iron filing system so that you can find things when you need them – there’s no greater time-waster than spending ages searching for that eBook or article you just know you squirrelled away a few weeks ago and now can’t find. Using a tool like Evernote can be very helpful.

    I’m very grateful for all the tips you’ve given us here – lots of food for thought!

    Sue

  15. Jodene
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    Hi Raena Lynn,
    For a moment, I thought you were writing about my life!
    I totally understand and know what you’re talking about when you mention newbie internet marketers. Your list is very helpful. I saw some things on there that I wouldn’t have thought about when it comes to trimming some things. I’m really good with the physical eliminations, but the other stuff I need practice with!
    * I love your title 🙂 it made me laugh.
    ~ Jodene

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Jodene,

      Thanks for stopping by. Your comment makes me wonder how many people have 5 staplers on their desk! At least you are really good with the physical eliminations…can I guess where you learned? Hope all is well and if you need any help, let me know.

      Raena Lynn

  16. Loving this article Raena Lynn. Just recently started getting myself organized by using specific tools, but I like what you say in terms of getting trim and focused. This is a good thing to remember and your tips make it easy to stay focused. I find myself getting so much info coming in I start one thing and then jump to another. This is perfect. I need to read it everyday. Thanks for answering one of my prayers! To stay trim and focused. 🙂
    Barbara

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Barbara,

      I’m glad you will be able to use some of the tips to help you handle the overwhelm. It is very common. I’ll admit that when I attend webinars, and the speaker is showing his/her gmail account, I always check the inbox to see the numbers. Most of the time it is in the thousands, so I get proof of relativity that I’m okay..isn’t that weird? One thing I am conscientious about is keeping my inbox as clean as possible to get that sense of order. I know you understand what I mean. You can’t focus until you get the clutter out of the way!

      Raena Lynn

  17. oh I think I’d missed this post somehow.

    I can tell you I could trim a lot. I always have some issues at organizing myself as if I actually accomplishd more in my “special” disorder.

    I am someone who can better follow a model that I impose to myself when I write it down and read each step as I will start doing them one by one. If I don’t write it down I can be a real mess.

    I really like your focus tips and will use them 🙂

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Sylviane,

      Thanks for getting here. Even with our computers, I, like you, do much better when I manually write out my list of tasks. The crazy thing is I’ll still input it into a task list on my computer. Sometimes the tools which should help us save time can waste time! I hope you will use these tips 🙂

      Raena Lynn

  18. I absolutely despise working in clutter! I really need a clutter free space for the sake of my clarity and sanity! Like wise I am a person who dresses for conducting business even if I am working from home, I find that works much better for me … could never see myself at a pyjama entrepreneur!

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Sadie,

      I agree completely! Recently I read a post about cluttered desks and there were pictures of outrageous workspaces that people voluntarily submitted. I don’t know how I could stay sane. Imagine a desk with piles of file folders, books, plants, staplers, computer wires, etc. completely covering their desks! Everyone has their own way to work, and people who can produce in all types of tangible and computer clutter is beyond me. I suppose the end result is what matters, but I prefer clutter free! Also, I would guess that being dressed for the part can add a lot of productivity…great idea! I wonder how many pyjamapreneurs are out there?

      Raena Lynn

  19. Michael
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    This post spoke to me a lot Raena. It is amazing how many of these programs we get ourselves into and then realize how many we actually have. This process certainly is something I am going to try to follow. Very nicely laid out. Thank you so much for great information. I think it will help. Have a great day!

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Michael,

      Thank you for your kind comments. My main motivation for this post was money. I had not taken the time to see how much I was paying for unused programs. It’s a shame to throw it away instead of using it for something that will boost your business, rather than take it down. Once I found a couple of these “forgotten” programs, I knew there had to be more. I was correct, so I eliminated all of them for good. Of course, that step lead to other decluttering which needed to be done. Glad to be of help.

      Raena Lynn

  20. Raena Lynn, this is a great list, I’ve never seen something like this to make organization so easy. Sometimes I wonder what would happen to everything I have online if I lost my memory lol, I wouldn’t know what to do because I don’t have a document showing where everything is. I’m going to copy this list and take your advise over the holidays – trim everything down.

    Thanks so much! Regards from Julieanne

  21. Hey Raena,

    Great tips here. Organizing yourself does because a little tedious and thats why so many of us hate it, but you made look real easy and simple to do. thanks for sharing!

    Sherman

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Sherman,

      It was great to meet you through the 50 Top Bloggers Contest 🙂 I’m happy you decided to visit and I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. Hopefully my tips will be something you take to heart. I cancelled three subscriptions recently, and that is how I became inspired to write this post. Have a great holiday season!

      Raena Lynn

  22. Richard Goutal
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    Well, I “confess” to a cluttered desk. I’m not one to put something away until the clutter beckons me to clean up. But, it doesn’t seem to bother me much. My organizing is more about time then space. In that respect, I believe you did a super job in your post and I’ll look the other way regarding comments of those with messy desks. 😉

    Trim and Focus is such a good title for all of it, too. Concluding with the four “if” examples are excellent. In that regard, I like the quote from Steve Jobs that focus is not about saying yes to things as people often think. It is about saying no- over and over- to the things that pull us away from the priorities that will make a difference in your business. (Paraphrased) You can’t do everything or please everyone – and if you could – it wouldn’t lead to success. Time is always limited. So choose accordingly.

    As you say, it starts with listing, then prioritizing, then trimming (saying “no”), so that focus is possible.

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hello Richard,

      I’m glad to see you here! If you have clutter, and it doesn’t bother you, then there isn’t a problem. I could write another posts on “messy desks!” Personally, clutter bothers me, and if I can reduce it, then it saves time in the long run. It is especially true for online organization. Time spent on trying to find something, such as a file, or bookmark etc. can be better used doing productive activities. I like the fact you brought up the wisdom of Steve Jobs. I used to be in the trap of always saying yes to people and you are right on target. It took away from what I needed to do so I could focus on being productive….choose accordingly and follow the 4 “if” examples.

      Raena Lynn

  23. Raena, I absolutely love this article. So clear, so concise, and so practical. Last year I went through my RSS reader and “trimmed” a bunch of my subscriptions. I used the 80/20 rule. I multiplied the number of feeds by 80%, and that told me how many I would need to trim.

    Thanks for the great amount of tips you’ve laid out here.

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Steve,

      I’m glad you enjoyed this post. At some point, we have to clean up. I use the 80/20 rule for so many things! It’s interesting to use it for trimming. I’ll keep it in mind. I appreciate you comment!

      Raena Lynn

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