ASCP Skin Deep

MAY | JUNE 2019

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ascp now offers advanced modality insurance! 47 expertadvice MIND YOUR BUSINESS Marie Kondo's Netflix show, Tidying Up, about her KonMari Method of decluttering, has people across the country asking the question "Does it spark joy?" and deciding whether they're going to keep their faded concert T-shirts, backup pair of running shoes, or hardcover copy of Eat, Pray, Love, or "thank" the objects and let them go. What would happen if you applied her simple, but effective, methodology to your business? When was the last time you gave your physical spaces a floor-to-ceiling once-over? If the mental image of your cluttered office or storage closet has you cringing, keep reading! PHYSICAL ITEMS You'll apply the KonMari Method to your items in the correct order of categories: clothing, books, papers, and komono—miscellaneous items, including CDs, equipment, supplies, etc. Start with your work clothing. Put it in one big pile and then hold each item and ask yourself if it sparks joy. If it's a yes, it's a keeper. If it doesn't spark joy, thank the item and donate or discard it. Work your way through everything related to your business: the storage closet with bottles that have a thin layer of product left at the bottom and retail items that have a thin layer of dust on top, the desk with your paperwork and receipts, and your linen closet full of sheets and towels. It's not just old or worn items that get discarded. Even items in great condition—like a work blouse, painting, or aromatherapy diffuser—may not make the cut. If it doesn't spark joy, it goes. Sound daunting? Maybe, but it's absolutely worth the time and effort! Cleaning out the clutter that clogs your physical space will also open your creative mind, your business's flow, and a clear path to success. As Kondo says, "You are about to tidy up in a way that will spark joy in your life and change it forever." Sparking Joy Declutter your business with the KonMari Method by Kristin Coverly Learn more about Marie Kondo and the KonMari Method at BEYOND THE PHYSICAL After you finish tidying up your physical spaces, consider applying the KonMari Method to your business practices: business management (bookkeeping, client records), client experience (scheduling, onboarding), and marketing (new client acquisition, client retention). What's still working and sparking joy and prosperity for your business and which practices is it time to give a thank-you and goodbye to?

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