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Does it bring you joy?

Posted by Deidre Rienzo on


Hi, I’m Deidre. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a web copywriter, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning as I go (with Marketing Mentor as my guide).

I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up—and it put me on a simplicity kick…one I desperately needed after the January onslaught of overwhelming tip-filled emails. Shouldn’t a new year be simple? 

The main idea of the book: we should only keep the things that bring us joy.

I held up a shirt the other day, asked myself whether or not it brought me joy—decided it didn’t, thanked it for its service (something Marie Kondo recommended in the book) and put it in the donation bag. I felt lighter.

This mentality has overflowed into my business, too.

Since what I’m doing already brings me joy—my main goal is to keep doing it, and possibly do it even better. So to continue the joy, when a task comes my way, I ask myself three simple questions:

  1. Does this bring me clients?
  2. Does this bring me money?
  3. Does this help me better what I do?

If yes, it’s a joy-supporter. If no, it goes in the bag.

How do you keep things simple?

* Blouse, courtesy, Shutterstock.

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