Here is some interesting trivia. The self-storage industry made $24 billion in 2013 on close to 50,000 storage units. This is five times the number of storage units outside of the US. That’s a lot of money spent in order to keep stuff that many studies show does not make us happier, healthier or more productive. This might be an issue to resolve with our professional organizers, therapists or family members, but I would argue this is a leadership issue.
Here are three simple things you can do every week to eliminate work stuffocation.
- Toss something physical out. Trust yourself; you won’t throw away something important if it hasn’t been touched or opened in more than two years.
- Create empty space on your calendar and don't fill it. Maybe it's just five minutes that you shave off the end of a meeting. Do meetings really need to run a full hour? Maybe 55 minutes will suffice.
- Delete a file. Unless you are the Secretary of State it probably doesn't make sense to keep thousands of emails or electronic files.
What else can you do to decrease the clutter and stuffocation in your leadership role?