Perhaps it was the teachings of previous generations where appearances mattered. Perhaps it was because space was more limited. Perhaps it was because there were less “things” overall.
But there’s something to be said for neatness and what it represents. I can still hear my grandmother saying, “A place for everything and everything in its place,” her advice for us youngsters when we were finished playing with our toys.
Makes perfect sense. When you put something away in the same place, you know where it will be the next time. And you come to establish a sense of comfort in that routine. But it’s more than comfort. If you don’t have to spend time worrying about the mundane things, it frees your brain for more constructive issues.
The same holds true for small business owners. Your time is extremely valuable and, for some, there is limited space from which to work, along with the constraints that force you to be resourceful and conscientious about how to operate your establishment.
Look around your desk, for example. Are there ways to make your workspace less cluttered? Do you really need that pile of unread industry publications from 2014 (and earlier) out in the open or at all? What about those unfiled reports? I know plenty of colleagues who ignore their in box as it grows in height or simply work on an overcrowded desk. They claim they can find everything (and maybe they can), but it’s the perception that counts.
It’s time to free yourself from clutter. Start small and tackle one part of your desk or office each day. Too big a chunk? Then set time aside weekly to keep your office clutter-free. And that includes your inbox on your computer, tablet, or smart phone, too.
File items you expect to need frequently; place in storage critical financial information and other documents for which you have a future need. Give yourself a time (and date) limit on unread reports and publications to be read and filed, as needed.
Neatness applies to your business, too. Make sure your establishment is well kept, well stocked, and has an overall updated appearance in scope and services.
There are so many ways to be more efficient around the workplace. By scaling back on the distractions, you open up the possibilities for greater productivity. Put everything in its place today and you’ll discover a more efficient you (and business) tomorrow.
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