Organization is more than having an in/out box on your desk and labels on your files. Sure those are both good things if you actually use them. However, your systems are more important.
Systems are the step by step processes that help you get and stay organized. Without them you run the risk of:
- Losing information
- Losing time
- And (oh dear!) losing money
However, when you create great systems you can reverse all of those things. You save time and money and ultimately you make your business more profitable and your life more pleasurable. That’s pretty great, right? Here are a few proven tips to help you get and stay organized by using systems.
#1 Embrace your Personality
Create systems that support how you work. Too often people create the systems they think they’re supposed to use. Then they wonder why it doesn’t work. If you have to force yourself to change to accommodate a system then it’s not going to work. Create systems that support you.
Systems don’t work if you don’t use them. Commit to following through. Often it’s simply a matter of changing a habit. For example, when you get the mail instead of dropping it in a pile on the kitchen table, quickly sort and prioritize it. This is a simple example of course.
Your business systems may be more complicated but it’s still often a matter of changing one simple habit. If the system isn’t working for you instead of avoiding it, make changes so it does support you – refer back to tip #1.
#3 Use Your Resources
One of the best ways to create effective systems is to remove yourself from the process as much as possible. Technology can be a great asset. People can too. Use your resources to simplify your systems and run a more effective, efficient and organized business.