How to get rid of your stack of junk this holiday season

I am the founder of an event planning firm in San Antonio, Texas and have been for three years. I’ve learned many things while working with my clients. However, my mistake over a decade…

How to get rid of your stack of junk this holiday season

I am the founder of an event planning firm in San Antonio, Texas and have been for three years. I’ve learned many things while working with my clients. However, my mistake over a decade ago stands out as something that was corrected in my own life and can help you save a ton of time (and your sanity) over the course of the holiday season.

Over the years, I’ve consulted with a small business owner who often kept her site cluttered with thousands of different types of coupons. She probably saved some money (but she definitely cost her clients who had little or no interest in coupon redemptions) and in time, the site became bloated with various ad banners.

The practice of organizing your online site in this way is called “leaning signposting.”

Calculate what you can get out of your budget by eliminating an additional 100 tasks or so from your life and get rid of that crap. There are tons of list services and places to save time on your search for new services.

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Why do you have to keep everything straight? This is why every day that you’re in your car you’re annoyed when you can’t find a room to park it in. The same goes for anything you do on your laptop, a smart phone or a smart watch. Until you do, you’re always having to do a u-turn to find the path you need to get to the next point. Imagine how many times you have to jump over obstacles along the way?

My sign post is a head-banging obstacle I installed two years ago. It really helped me clear out my life of all that junk, more time for me and less for me, my clients and my products and services.

In the process, I learned that some of my clients use the same model, as does my brother. Here are some tips on how to install lean sign post:

Open the location and see what you see. Pare it down.

Ask yourself what you want to accomplish before you start decluttering.

Figure out how you would save money or are going to save money.

Do you want to see your client’s needs or the benefit to you and your staff?

Do you want to see your Web site rebranded and revamped?

Maybe you just want to save time that you could be spending with clients.

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Talk to your staff about this and have the conversation with your clients. They may be able to make suggestions for you that are not on their list.

At the end of the process, start fresh. It is worth paying a little more than you otherwise would have for the structure you create.

For me, I discovered a ton of time and energy-saving sites that allow me to accomplish something outside of my daily tasks, keep the costs down and I have a nice system that is easy to use.

Duh – that’s what your clients want! But to tell you how, here are some you might have seen with a column on your budget –

Cheap to Get Cheap is an Australian website that has saved me a lot of time and money over the years – information on saving thousands of dollars on electronics, books, shoes, clothing, electronics and more.

TechRetriever is another Australian site that provides easy solutions for quick information on gadget buying, TV buying, movies, music, renting and buying.

ClubPress’ catalog of electronics, cameras, tablets, laptops, smart home and computers for high, mid and low-income consumers.

Make it easy for you and your clients to find the products that are right for them.

Always remember that one of the biggest advantage of lean sign post or lean post signs is that you can make it easy on your clients. You are the perfect choice as a seller and expert, so please take advantage of it by saving time for your clients, your staff and you!

To learn more about Leaning Post Post, visit www.LeaningPostPost.com

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