Published on May 16, 2017

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Need help sorting out your workspace?

Are you one of those people who secretly loves making a list and ticking off chores?

Maybe you can’t live without the ability to sync your diary and ‘to do’ lists across devices.

Perhaps you are old-school, and lug around a paper diary with pencils and erasers? (Very retro).

If so you have one of the essential skills to running a business. If not . . . don’t worry, we have some suggestions for you.

Running a business requires a level of organisation that can be a little tricky to manage initially.

You want to be organised, but you don’t want to spend so much time obsessively managing your space or your lists that you put off doing the real work of running a business.

Below are a few key pieces of advice about organisation of your space and your diary. Take a minute to read them. Maybe you can even add them to your to-do list.

  • Have a dedicated work space. That means somewhere to write, somewhere to sit and somewhere to store your stationary.
  • It’s critical to have somewhere to file paperwork (or that antique diary you can’t part with). Paperwork is most business owners least enjoyable part of running a business. If you don’t have a dedicated space for it then it will end up under the couch, behind the table and potentially in the bin.
  • Have your filing cabinet or drawers sectioned into the categories you think you’ll be using. It will make it much easier at tax time. Plus your accountant will love you.
  • Write due dates in your diary. It’s no fun getting a late notice with a nasty little late fee on the bottom.
  • Know when to re-cycle your office wares. You may say to yourself that you will fix that light switch one day, but the reality is if you want your business to thrive, you just don’t have the time (unless you fix light switches for a living!)
  • Think about using the cloud to store scanned copies of your documents. Tools like Google Drive or Dropbox give you immediate access to stored documents anywhere, anytime.
  • Update your social media profiles and offload any apps or accounts that you are not using.
  • Unsubscribe to newsletters and offers you no longer use or don’t have time to read. You will unclutter your email account, saving masses of time each day.

And finally, do your paperwork. Don’t just look at it, file it and hope no-one ever calls you about it.

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