If you are like me, it’s hard to sit down to get anything done if your desk is cluttered with trash, empty plates or cups, and other items that are not necessary to being productive. Today I set to clearing the clutter.
You can view photos of the process here.
Separation of Work and Play
Since I am returning home from college and using freelance writing as my summer job, my bed room has become my office. To separate work and play, my desk faces away from my bed, books, and stereo. I’ve learned that even looking at the items will distract me. Oh how tempting naps are.
For many, the situation is much different. If possible, it would be best to set aside an office space (another room, large closet, etc.). For me, dedicated on half of my room to a space to write.
Clearing the clutter
I always begin cleaning by throwing away all of the trash. This leaves you only the items that need to be sorted. From there you can organize your belongings, put them in storage, or donate them if they are no longer something you need.
Since the space I use is also my bedroom, I disposed of trash, put all my clothes away, and organized the necessary items for writing such as pens, pencils, sticky notes, etc.
Beware getting distracted
When you begin to sort items you can get side-tracked in many ways. For instance, I came across some of my possessions that held significance with me, when placing them in their correct location, I found other things of significance. My items of significance were old year books, which I spent nearly two hours looking through. It’s great to have these moments, but not when you should be working. So set a time frame on cleaning and stick to it.
– Decide where you are going to work and what environment you work best in.
– Separate work and play as much as you possibly can.
– Clear away all unnecessary items like trash, plates, or anything that will distract you.
– Set a realistic time limit on preparing this space and keep track of that time.
Once you have a clean environment to work in that is specific to you, you will feel much more productive. And, everything you need will be within an arm’s reach.
Other projects lead to restoring the environment, such as conservation of coral reefs, or rain forests, this can often lead to eco-tourism opportunities.
For other projects such as land restoration, soil remediation, we have seen mining companies and land developers working together with environmental companies to restore the lands and develop new projects.
But overall, some of the new opportunities such as carbon credits, water rights and biodiversity are new financial instruments that you should certainly consider in your revenue model, and you maybe surprised of the upsides they can bring to you.
Question 3: Do CleanTech / Environmental Investors invest in these projects?
Yes, they do, and there are specialized investment funds dedicated for these projects (see our report Global CleanTech & Environmental Capital Providers Guide for more details) ‘” there are certain investment funds investing in forestry managements and eco-tourism projects, even though they are not usually mentioned on their website as part of the mandate.
In terms of locations, our research has shown that investment firms in Australia, Canada, US, Switzerland, Germany and UK are particularly the ones worth investigating. There are also different Government grants and incentives available ‘” some are available in Asia Pacific and Middle East (if they relate to water management and soil remediation). You should certainly look at international opportunities when comes to capital raising.