If you are sick of clutter and need to do something about it then start with Sam Carpenter's book "Work the System".
To most small business owners, I'm sure Sam's story will sound very familiar. Too much work, not enough time, I must do this job myself because I'm the only one who knows how to do it etc. Well that can all end with the purchase of Sam's excellent book.
So how has "Work the System" helped me?
Well, I started the process off by removing the clutter from my personal life (yes, this book covers systems for you and your business). I've unsubscribed to all the many emails that I thought I wanted to read, but upon receiving them, merely opening them up, scanning them and deleting. It's only now that I realise how stupid I was. I would receive emails and look at them thinking I'll read that later, look at them again later (knowing full well that there is nothing inside the email that will interest me), but again thinking I'll read that tomorrow. The point is not only about the amount of time I spent reading the email and then deleting it, but also about the amount of time spent thinking about reading the email and deleting it. Multiply this by the insane amount of blogs I'd subscribed to (we all like receiving emails, right) and it all adds up to an embarrassing amount of wasted time. And I thought I was being productive when in fact I was being swamped. Crazy!
I've also automated my personal accounts so that everything is automatically paid instead of manually paid. I used to think that I was in control if I chose to pay the bills manually, and many times I would look at a bill and think I'll pay that tomorrow, then forget to, only to look at it again or think of it just as I'm about to drop off sleep. Now I don't think about them at all. They do not clutter my mind and I can get on with other more meaningful tasks. Some of you may not be able to automate all your bills, but I guarantee you will be able to automate most of them.
I'm in the process of starting my own business and I've started to draft documentation that will outline the processes once I start. I've even designed what my invoice will look like. The point is, I can concentrate on running my business when I start rather than chasing my tail like most small businesses do in their first year.
Sam points out that this road of discovery does not happen overnight, and nor should it, this is a process of deconstructing your current business (and life) and putting it back together piece by piece. Even if you implement a quarter of the things Sam suggests then you will have gained valuable hours of your life back that you can fill with something that inspires rather than saps you.
Great book, great read, buy it now or crumble under the weight of the modern world.