Getting Organized and Staying Organized

getting organized, organize, officeOrganizing is the process by which we create environments that enable us to live, work, and relax exactly as we want to. – Julie Morgenstern One challenge for every small business owner is getting organized and staying organized. Being organized has less to do with the way your office looks and more with how effectively it functions. Your system should reflect your unique personality and style, but it must function efficiently. In order to get organized and stay organized, you must follow three basic steps.

Step 1: Analyze

First, think about how your business and your office functions. Think about your workflow. Think about your paper flow. Think about how information processes through your office. Then think about where every item and every piece of information needs to end up. Look for bottlenecks. Observe where the clutter comes from and why it becomes clutter for you. Then think about how you want your environment to function.

Step 2: Strategize

If you do a good job of analysis, you will then be able to create a plan of action for the transformation of your office, including a realistic schedule for making it happen. Remember, you have to schedule time to de-clutter and get organized. But you also need a workable system to make sure you stay organized.

Step 3: Implement

Schedule time to methodically start sorting and arranging items to reflect the way you think. Make sure you see visible results as you work. Organization is a skill. Some of us are better at it than others, but all of us can improve! If you work at it, you will be more efficient, more effective, and you'll feel better about yourself and your business. If you have staff, they will greatly appreciate your efforts to get organized. Make the time to get and stay organized — you'll be glad you did! What action step can you take today? 

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2 Responses to “Getting Organized and Staying Organized”

  1. Scott Hatcher says:

    HOW can you get ‘everyone’ on board keeping things organized once the system is in place?
    Others dig through, pull out, and/ or leave messes “for the next person”; and so on, and so on….
    until you can’t even walk because of this. Then wonder why nothing can be found; ‘it should be right here’………

  2. Scott Hatcher says:

    I’m told I over-analyze everything. Just because I don’t want to miss something that could have been avoided or not made a mistake the first time.
    I’m told also I miss out on so many things because of this, that I don’t implement the task immediately. That’s why the Community Center is still sitting in boxes.
    Tina has started a few ventures herself that I’ve always supported.
    I am suppose to have a backup plan (which once I was on plan H). But she doesn’t walk the talk.

    So how can one not over-analyze something, and get everyone on board with what you feel to be the right thing to do, but they all say “we don’t need all that”. But glad that I did follow through with the original design.

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