Welcome to part 1 of our 5-part series focused on leaning out your business so you can create the space needed to level up. While we are all under lockdown with business anything but usual, it is a great opportunity to lean out by evaluating what's currently working, what isn't, and what you want to bring with you into the new normal, whatever that may be.
I recommend starting here because it's usually the easiest and it leads to an immediate return on time investment - improving your focus and productivity, and giving you the momentum you'll need for some of the more challenging areas of leaning out, such as your business model and offers.
We love leveraging the lean 5S method for organizing physical workspaces, whether that be your office, your studio, your store, etc.
5S is workplace organization method that uses a list of five Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seisō, seiketsu, and shitsuke. These roughly translate to:
After working with numerous clients over the past 2 decades to implement 5S systems into their businesses, I have added 2 additional steps - 6. make it safe & secure, and 7. make it sexy. You can learn more about these steps and get detailed instructions on applying the 5S method in your business here.
Ready to lean out your physical workspace? Great!
Who do you want to become in your next level?
How does your space make you feel?
What do you want to create space for?
Once you've considered these questions, we recommend you dedicate a 30 to 60 minute block of time to leaning out your physical workspace.
I recommend that you take an incremental approach to leaning out your workspace. It should feel manageable & inspiring, not overwhelming & stressful. That's why I recommend a 30 - 60 minute focused time block and starting with quick wins. You can repeat these steps as many times as you need to and in as many workspaces as you need to.
As always, remember to celebrate your wins! There is no better way to recognize how far you've come than with some before and after pictures, so be sure to take pictures before you start, and after each block of time you dedicate to leaning out your physical workspace.
Keep the positive momentum going and move from physical to digital. Stay tuned for part 2 in the series where we walk you through how to lean out your digital workspace.
Known as the "Business Optimizer", Crista has the ability to quickly cut through the noise and focus on optimizing the core things that will make the biggest impact RIGHT NOW to grow and scale your business. As a lean business consultant, she specializes in helping businesses gain clarity and focus through strategy, planning, and lean practices. She is the creator of the Lean Out Method and the 90-Day Lean Out Planner, and is also the founder of the global accessories brand Criscara Jewelry.
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