Making smart business decisions can be a struggle when you’re working with a cluttered brain. We are habit-forming creatures, and there’s always a tendency for us to develop tunnel vision when we lose ourselves in our work. As such, there comes a time when you have to take a step back, re-gather your thoughts, and examine closely what you’ve been doing wrong. Maybe make some necessary changes that will steer you back in the right direction.
The last part is easier said than done, sure. That said, you’ll be surprised by your ability to get things started when you cling to tradition.
Which brings us to Spring Cleaning.
If you can commit to decluttering your home every time spring comes around, why not do the same for your business as well? Just like your home, your business processes may benefit from a little dusting off.
Without further ado, here are some good suggestions on how you can spring clean your small business.
1. Dust off your inbox
The more busy you are, the more clutter your email gathers over time. Let’s face it: your overflowing inbox is driving you mad. Okay, that’s stretching it a bit, but you have to admit it’s bothersome, especially when those emails are sitting there for months or even years. What’s more, sorting through your inbox can be time-consuming if you’re having a hard time finding your most important emails.
So, how about you save yourself from the accumulated mental stress and take the morning off to do some inbox spring cleaning?
The first order of business is to unsubscribe from promotional emails that you haven’t been interested enough to open in the last few months or years. Next, go through your inbox and check for unread emails. For each one, ask yourself if that particular email is still relevant to you. If not, delete away. With relentless abandon.
Categorizing your email into specified sections can also go a long way to keeping your inbox clean, not to mention make it easy for you to sort and read through them.
2. Reorganize your staff
A business needs to work like a well-oiled machine for it to accomplish its objectives. But if your staff is struggling to work as a unified unit, some changes or adjustments have to be made.
So, evaluate your staff members and see if there are exceptional workers deserving a promotion. Do you think the company is in need of new hires to fill specific roles that could help the business going forward? Are there any members who need to be fired and replaced? Do you see key areas for improvement that need to be addressed?
As a business owner, the onus is on you to monitor your team’s progress and ensure that they’re happy with their work while checking at the same time that they’re on track towards achieving your company’s business goals -- both for the short and long term.
3. Take a complicated task and break it down into small steps
When you have a business, you need to take on big tasks that require extensive planning so the company can avoid inertia and catapult itself to new heights.
The only thing that’s more difficult than the actual planning is getting started. More often than not, that hesitation is driven by the fear of failure. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you can take each big task and then break it down into small, manageable steps. You can map out a schedule that allows you to sustain your momentum and maximizes potential outcomes.
4. Take some time for quiet reflection
When there’s so much to do, it often feels like you’re dragging your feet just to get things done, not realizing that they are all tangled up in a mess. If you took the time to stop and reassess what you’ve been doing wrong, you might have reached your destination far sooner.
The same applies to running a business. When you set aside some time for quiet reflection, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to clear away the cobwebs, enabling you to unpack your thoughts and figure out what you need to do to set yourself and the business straight.
So, take a vacation. Unplug yourself from the internet. Maybe go to a quiet vacation spot offering a good view of the mountains. When you get back to the real work, chances are you’ll be facing your business tasks with a clearer and more focused mind.
5. Refocus your online presence
To be successful in business in this day and age, a strong online presence alone won’t cut it. The most important thing is to ensure that your online business persona is targeted towards achieving your business goals.
So go revisit your website and check if there are tiny details there that don’t align with your brand’s values and philosophy -- and then make the appropriate changes. Are there any services listed there that you haven’t been offering in the last year or so? If you want to establish yourself as a thought leader in your industry, streamline your image in a way that fits your company and organization.
So there you have it -- the five things you can do to spring clean your small business. Make them a habit at least each year and you’ll be surprised by the amount of progress you can make after a little bit of “house cleaning.”
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