Business Organization Tips for the New Year
Hello, February! The long month of January is finally over and spring is right around the corner. We’ve said our goodbyes to the holiday season, and we are well on our way to tackling 2019. But wait, there is one thing from January that we cannot say goodbye to just yet – remember those New Year’s resolutions you set for your business last month? Let’s talk about those.
According to a U.S. News & World Report, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. If your resolution is already among the 80%, or if you were unsure of what resolution to make this year when it came to your business, it is not too late! A minor setback in your resolution in January doesn’t mean the rest of the year needs to follow the same trend. When it comes to setting a resolution or goal for your business, try starting with something simple, like becoming more organized. Although this may not sound like much of a resolution to make, organization is the key to efficiency in any business, and it will help you with the execution of future goals in the year to come. Keep reading for three simple steps to help your business become more organized in 2019.
Business organization tips:
Step 1: Start Small.
This is the very first step to becoming a more organized business. Although you may have multiple areas of your business that you’d like to start working on, you need to start small. When it comes to organization, taking on too much at one time has the ability to make you feel overwhelmed and stressed, making the task seem harder than it really is. By focusing on organizing one area of your business at a time, you’ll feel energized and accomplished with each one that you tackle. So, rather than starting out with the goal of organizing the entire marketing team, start with analyzing a few of the internal processes within the team to identify which ones are in need of further organization, and go from there.
Step 2: Declutter.
This step is where the real organization begins. In order to increase efficiency and productivity, you must remove the “clutter” or unnecessary aspects of the processes within your business. To do this, take some time to review the steps of each process you have, and examine which steps are not needed or considered “clutter” and should be removed. By doing so, you’ll have a simplified process that is easier to manage in the long run, as well as saving the time and energy of the team.
Step 3: Check In.
You may have already identified which areas of your business were in need of organizational attention and worked on removing the clutter, but your work doesn’t stop there. In order to fully see the results of your organizational work, you need to schedule regular check-ins to evaluate what is working with the new organizational structure, and what may need to be relooked at. It is possible that you removed something you initially thought was clutter, but came to find out that it was actually a necessary step of the process. Or better yet, your removal of the unnecessary clutter freed up the team’s time to work on other projects. Keep in mind that perfect organization doesn’t happen overnight, and it will take some trial and error before you get things right.
While organization may not seem like much of a resolution, it is something that any business can work towards making better. What may seem like a smoothly-run process from the outside may have deep organizational issues on the inside that are going unnoticed. Take the time to identify these areas of your business that may need some organizing, focus on one area at a time, and evaluate how the new organizational structure is working on a regular basis. By following these simple steps, you’ll be amazed at how much time and energy your business will be saving in the year to come.
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