For as long as I can remember I’ve had a love affair with office supplies.
You know how some people love shoes so much that they buy every color available in a single style? I’ve heard that called “shoe therapy” or “retail therapy.” I guess for me, office supplies has always been my shopping fetish. If you need a post-it note, all I have to ask you is which color you want? I’ve probably got it.
Turn me loose in an office supply store and I can spend hours and hours and spend lots and lots of moolah. Usually on stuff that I really don’t need. Or at least I didn’t “think” I needed until I walked around the store, then getting home with it, trying to find some place to store it, and realizing that I REALLY didn’t need it.
Now that I’m getting so incredibly focused on my business and where it is going and whom I’m going to serve, I went on an office supply quest to find a couple of items that would REALLY help me be more efficient.
So here I am with a closet full of every kind of office supply item imaginable and not any of it was suitable for what I needed. So off to the store I went.
And I had a realization as I was happily driving back home with my purchases: when you really know what you’re doing in your business — when your focus is laser sharp — you buy ONLY what will serve you best, instead of just buying stuff for the sake of buying it.
So another lesson as I embark on this business reinvention of mine: knowing your business focus ultimately saves you a lot of time, money, and storage space because you buy and use ONLY what you actually need.
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