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“I’m often in the situation where I’m trying to stop myself from letting go of something in order to replace it with something else… I get that shiny object syndrome.”
— Annie Frisbie
‘Sparking joy’ became a nationwide sensation after clutter consultant Marie Kondo’s show Tidying Up landed on Netflix in 2019. Her de-cluttering KonMari method is based on the idea that you should throw away anything that doesn’t bring you joy —and this method isn’t just for effective for de-cluttering your home, but your private practice workflow as well!
Are there aspects of your private practice that don’t bring you joy? Do they leave you feeling overwhelmed or burnt out? Are they taking up space that could create room for exciting new opportunities? Is there literal clutter in your office that distracting you from staying focused?
It’s important to regularly take a moment to reflect on what we have and what we use in our private practice, whether that’s our tools, our software subscriptions, our systems, our commitments – even down to the language in our intake forms!
If your plate or your consult bag are too full, you need to stop and consider what sparks joy… and what you should consider setting aside.
Listen now to discover:
How to figure out what’s serving you in your business and what’s weighing you down
The right and wrong way to set up systems in your business – illustrated by a practical example
The importance of reaching outside of your business to get a new perspective
“There are times where you might come to a crossroads and maybe a new opportunity has come up for you… but that might mean you need to clean out what you’re doing so that you have space for that.”
— Leah Jolly
02:00 KonMari method & private practice
03:10 You don’t need ALL the tools
04:12 Reflecting on what you have & use
05:19 Reviewing your forms
08:13 Space for new opportunities
09:38 Systems clean-out
10:49 Steps for system improvement
14:18 Reaching out to others
16:44 What’s gathering dust?
19:00 The eyeglasses example
22:08 Recap & summer plans
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Leah Jolly is a private practice IBCLC with Bay Area Breastfeeding in Houston, Texas. Annie Frisbie is a private practice IBCLC serving Queens and Brooklyn in New York City, and the creator of the Lactation Consultant Private Practice Toolkit.