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information-hoarderEliminate Your Information-Hoarder Ways in 3 Simple Steps!
Araceli Gonzalez, Guest Blog

Meet Sally, an information hoarder.

By definition, a hoarder is a person who accumulates things and hides them away for future use. An information hoarder does exactly that, but with research.

Sally is a passionate self-employed nutritionist who absolutely loves to search and gather information to help her clients improve their health and wellness. Sally believes the information she gathers is extremely important to her business and getting rid of the piles will mean throwing away years of research.

Her library, once a bookshelf, are now piles on the floor and bed. Binders hold her clippings and her computer hard drive is bursting with information.

Her physical life is cluttered with paper. Her computer and email inbox are cluttered with articles and junk mail. She has a hard time finding what she's looking for- and yet, she can't let go.

Sally is hurting though.

She is not being effective as a nutritionist. Her business is not making money; she is tired, stressed and irritable. Information clutter is affecting her life.

Once committed to creating a change, Sally had to commit to three things to decrease her "research" piles and command control again:

1. Stop spending money. Sally bought books, magazines and information products regularly, which contributed to her daily growing pile and her decreasing bottom line. Make a commitment to not spend any money on information until you go through everything you currently own. Sally discovered she had the same information in every format possible. She even had three copies of the same health book- two copies were found at the bottom of the pile.

2. Categorize the information. As a nutritionist, Sally was better off keeping current information and tossing anything over a few years old. From there, she categorized the library based on recipes, exercise, health conditions and success stories. She also kept a small pile for miscellaneous.

3. If it doesn't fit, don't collect. Sally's office space allowed for a small book case, which after the recycling and de-cluttering process was left with a small empty shelf. Once the space is filled again, she cannot collect anymore.

The same principle applies for your inbox. Set a maximum number for emails in your inbox and folders. If your inbox is grand central station, I recommend not going over 50. Yes, 50 emails should be your maximum inbox amount. If you hit 50, its time to categorize in folders or delete.

Hoarding of any kind keeps you from developing productive patterns that help you take back control of your business. However, information hoarding can be tricky if considered vital for business. Make sure you are not collecting information, in case of needing it one day. Look around, if you have piles or if your computer is full, you are hoarding.

Not sure where to start? I can help. In just a few hours, we can create your action plan for eliminating anything that represents an excess in your business such as email, documents, research, physical clutter, etc. Click here for more information.

Araceli Gonzalez, The Business Productivity Mentor, is founder of The Art of Creating Time System, the proven step by step system that shows you exactly how to create more time and become truly productive, guaranteed. To receive her free eBook "Get It Done! Your Complete Guide to Your Next 30 Days" and her weekly ezine "Start Your Week Off Right," visit

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Lisa Smith
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