Entrepreneur Success Coach Tells Woman's Day Magazine How to Conquer Clutter with a Clean Sweep

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Time once more for the national 'de-cluttering' day - a day that will free up time and energy for countless entrepreneurs.

Just a year ago, success coach Melanie Benson Strick came up with a new way to help entrepreneurs and small business owners create massive success in their businesses and lives.

She named a day where entrepreneurs and small business owners take the time to address all the clutter and/or unfinished projects that surround them, sucking their energy and keeping them from working at top efficiency.

Called National Clean Sweep Challenge Day, it will take place this year on October 5, 2007. This is the second year she's held National Clean Sweep Challenge Day.

Strick created the Clean Sweep Challenge as a means to encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners to set aside a block of time just for clearing out unfinished business that interferes with creating "massive results, income and success in their businesses and lives." She also encourages participants to invite their friends and colleagues to support each other's efforts so they all can see results in their businesses.

"The idea behind a Clean Sweep is that when you have things that are on your desk that are taking up energy, it causes you to get distracted, to get depleted, to not be able to focus properly and really just keeps you from playing your best game," Strick said.

Strick's methods have been so successful, she was recently cited in Woman's Day magazine in an article titled "How to Organize Almost Anything". It deals with getting control of all the clutter that seems to control us. Rather than being a dreaded chore, Strick illustrates how taking the time to clean up, even for just one day, can yield far more productivity than continuing to climb over the piles.

But beyond physical clutter, the Clean Sweep Challenge is a time to clear out projects that keep people up at night. It's also a good time to take care of languishing emails and phone calls, to address technology challenges that impede efficient working conditions, and even to clear up difficult situations with family, friends or colleagues.

This all started when Strick started having "technical difficulties" herself.

"My cell phone was working sporadically, I was working between two computers, I wasn't getting all my emails, and finally I just had enough," said Strick. "I turned off my phone, ignored my email, and spent the rest of the day getting my workplace in order again. So now instead of spending every day getting further behind, I was finally able to get my momentum back."

In order to help support participants during the Clean Sweep Challenge so they're able to get as much done as possible, Strick is offering a free toolkit. The toolkit includes numerous free downloads, including the Clean Sweep Assessment, to help participants figure out what they need to clear out, a Clean Sweep Focus Plan that helps them figure out how to clear it out, as well as an audio download of Strick's dynamic recording, "Environments that Pull You Forward".

Strick's support doesn't end with the toolkit. In addition, she'll send support emails and focused articles to help participants build their support team and prepare for the actual Clean Sweep day. She has also built a participant page with a community forum where everyone across the country participating in the Clean Sweep can log on and share their experiences, victories and challenges.

"The idea is that everybody can jump on board to take the challenge together," said Strick. "When we get rid of the clutter, we are 30 to 50 percent more effective on what matters most - completing our goals and making money."

Melanie Benson Strick, "The Entrepreneur's Success Coach," offers keynotes speeches, mentoring, training and products designed to get people out of overwhelm and onto the success fast-track. The National Clean Sweep Challenge Day toolkit is available free at http://www.cleansweepchallenge.com/womansday

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