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September 2013

De-clutter your life and Live a Frugal Lifestyle

Do you often feel overwhelmed and like you have too much going on in your life yet you cannot pinpoint what it is?

Perhaps you wonder why you have so much to do but end up doing nothing nonetheless. Like a roller coaster, life has its ups and downs. And while it may never be hassle-free, it can be simplified.

One of the benefits of choosing to live a more frugal lifestyle is that you simplify your life and reduce the clutter surrounding you. Many things can cause stress but one of the most overlooked areas of the causes of stress is clutter.

Clutter is a very common problem that arises in any areas of our lives. It can be manifested in our physical surrounding such as our homes and workspaces, personal and emotional lives.

The key is acknowledging the clutter, creating a plan for dealing with it, and taking immediate action, as well as consistently guarding against clutter in the long term.

Defining Clutter and getting to know how to deal with it

We often think that clutter is mainly the physical stuff for example piles of books lying on the floor, unwashed dishes in the sink, a heap of clothes scattered in the bedroom or spilled coffee on the floor.

Clutter however can be an emotional, mental or social issue. Clutter is also not hoarding. Hoarding is an unhealthy behavior of unwillingness to part with unnecessary stuff.

A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. For me, it means eliminating all but the essential, replacing chaos with peace, and spending your time doing whatís important to you.

It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value.

However, getting to simplicity isnít always a simple process. Itís a journey, not a destination, and it can often be a journey of two steps forward and one backward.

Steps you can take towards living a simpler life:

  • Identify the most important things in your life Ė Make a list of the top 5 priority things in your life. For example; is it family, work, social life, or friends? As you try to make your life simpler, you should make time for these things.
  • Evaluate your time Ė what do you spend your time doing? How do you spend your days?
  • Simplify work tasks Ė If you try to do everything in your to-do-list, you will end up doing nothing in particular or in doing things in a haphazard way. In your list, strive to complete the essential tasks.
  • Learn To say No Ė I f you canít say no, you will take on too much which is an ingredient of clutter and stress.
  • Limit your Media Consumption Ė Many times, media such as TV, internet, radio and the like which, more often than not dominate our lives.
  • Spring clean - One of the proven ways of getting rid of clutter and especially the physical one that surrounds us, you should donate the stuff you no longer use and especially clothes you no longer wear.
  • Limit your communications Ė We live in a digital era when our communication tools have increased rapidly. The use of IM, WASSUP, Skype, Twitter, among others. Try limiting the modes of communication you use as they tend to easily confuse.
  • Free up your time for the important stuff.
  • Do what you love most of the time.
  • Spend time with people you love

"We often think that clutter is mainly the physical stuff for example piles of books lying on the floor, unwashed dishes in the sink, a heap of clothes scattered in the bedroom or spilled coffee on the floor. Clutter however can be an emotional, mental or social issue."


Reputation Management

In this digital era, reputation can be equated to a currency. When you apply for a job, the most first thing employers do nowadays is to google your name. Of course the first thing that shows up is your social media pages. When you meet someone you fancy  and they tell you their name, you will most likely google them to find out where they work, what they do, where they hang out and other info that can help you get to know them better.

It is important that you mind your online reputation as it sets the tone of your interactions with other people in business and social life as well.

How you position yourself therefore be it in the social media profiles or in social settings is how people perceive you. Reputation therefore is what is believed of an individual or organization. It is what is formed out of subjective impressions. It can be derived from an individual’s or organization’s activity or words, the relationship between these and the experiences that others have of the individual or organization.

Personal Reputation is that which belongs to an individual and it is something that a person has control over while Corporate Reputation belongs to an organization or company which is normally a collective

responsibility of the people working with the organization. Public Image on the other hand emphasizes the distinction between a person and the image others hold of them.
A good reputation constitutes of;

  • Trust
  • Reliability
  • Sincerity
  • Authenticity
  • Dependability
  • Kindness
  • Transparency

Reputation management is therefore a process that lasts a lifetime. We should be constantly aware of the image we portray either purposefully or accidentally. The image people see and how people perceive us is what forms the basis of our reputation.


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In this monthís newsletter we focus on how to de-clutter your life, reputation management and we learn some telephone etiquette.

We hope that this impacts your life in a positive way.

With best regards,
Derek Bbanga.
Managing Director, Public Image


Public Image has a unique approach to building individual and corporate achievement. Business etiquette, creating a positive image though posture and dress, soft skills, communication proficiency, personal branding and networking expertise are key elements in the Public Image approach to developing professional skills.

Your business etiquette questions answered

Q: How do I approach my boss for a promotion

A:If you have been bypassed for a promotion a number of times, it is not impolite to approach your boss and enquire why you are not being considered. The best way to go about it is to ask what areas you can improve on to ensure that you are not bypassed the next time the company is promoting personnel.

Q: How do I put off a client who deals with me suggestively?

A:Clients can try to make passes on you if they feel that they have a chance. You can avoid such instances by keeping a completely professional relationship with the clients. This means that you have timelines when you can communicate without spilling into the weekend or during the night.




  1. Before picking up the receiver, discontinue any other conversation or activity such as eating, chewing gum, typing, etc. that may be heard by the calling party.
  2. Cell phones should be placed on low volume, vibrate, or silent.
  3. Sit up and SMILE!!! One can hear you smile if you didnt know.
  4. Answer promptly (before the third ring if possible).
  5. Speak clearly and distinctly in a pleasant tone of voice.
  6. If the caller has reached the wrong person and/or department, be courteous.
  7. A bright, cheerful greeting will lift most peopleís spirits and set the proper tone for the call.
  8. Speak clearly and at a conversational pace; softly yet audible.
  9. Donít mumble or race through the greeting. This can give the impression that you donít have time for the caller.
  10. The Verbal Handshake builds on the framework you set-up with the greeting. It makes the call more personal, and helps to disarm irate callers.

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CFC Stanbic
ILRI Kenya and Ethiopia
Miss World Kenya
Dolphins Training and Consultants


Feedback from recent training

“On behalf of my colleagues would like to thank you and the facilitators very much for your precious time and effort; you have put a positive attitude (PERFECT) in our life, which I believe will add great value on our organization Strategies, Vision and Mission. Your training was very helpful, and PERFECT! Indeed, we will keep on starving to become "PERFECT" as well. We could not have done without your passionate effort; and I can't express how much we appreciate your efforts.” Gizachew Yadeta (ILRI Addis Ababa)