Is everything in a muddle?

Are things getting on top of you and your business? Are you working in a cluttered and disorganised environment? Or maybe, is everything just getting a little overwhelming? 

Not to worry, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are our top five tips for bringing your business world back to a more manageable pace. 

Time Is of the Essence 

There are only 24 hours in a day, and it’s not physically possible to re-organise an entire business in that time. But, what we can do is focus on our goals: 

  • Identifying your goals – whether they’re short or long-term goals as human beings, we thrive on hitting targets. Clear objectives will help you concentrate on the task at hand and get things done!  
  • Prioritise – Once you have your list of goals, you need to prioritise the tasks that will lead to completing them. Cutting down larger jobs into bite-size chunks helps to ease the pressure and focus the mind. 
  • Time BlockThis technique gives you a better feel for how many tasks you can reasonably complete in one day. Remember, you’re only human!

The Office

Keeping yourself organised is vital to business success. So, here are a few things you can do optimise your workspace: 

  • Within reaching distance – Having everything you need for a day at the office within arms reach is vital for productivity.
  • Declutter! Declutter! Declutter! – Clutter makes us anxious. It causes stress and the inability to focus. So, cut out those non-essential items for a more functional, productive and worry-free workspace. 
  • Paperwork – Disorganised paperwork can be the downfall of any business. Organised filing system? Organised business. Use a simple system that everyone knows how to use.
  • The E-Office! – Organising your email is also essential. Create an online filing system where you can find what you’re looking for at a click of a button.

 

Your Projects

Where projects are concerned, heed the following advice:

  • Burn the ‘TO DO’ list! –  Instead, focus on three goals a day. They don’t have to be big. However, they should be your primary concern. Remember, prioritising works wonders for keeping you calm, organised, and focussed.
  • Current clients – Always ensure your current projects are in front of you. This helps to centralise your focus on the task at hand and will guarantee nothing slips through the net. 

Your Team

A good team is vital to any businesses success, so keep in mind the following:

  • Creative businesses need creative people –  We’ve all known the phrase ‘variety is the spice of life,’ and now’s the time to use it! Variety is crucial for thinking up new and exciting ideas for your business and your clients. 
  • Communication is critical –  Poor communication leads to tension, confusion and anxiety within your workforce. Ensure all communications are related to your team clearly and make it known that you welcome any questions that enable a successful outcome. 

You 

None of this would be possible without YOU! So ensure you stay fit, healthy and raring to go to support your team and business: 

  • A tired boss is an unhappy boss – Our mental capacity reduces exponentially when we’re tired. Seven to eight hours is recommended – so make sure you get some shut-eye!
  • Don’t multitask No one expects you to be everywhere and doing everything all the time. Multi-tasking induces stress which can impact your concentration and mental health. Delegate any tasks that need doing urgently. After all, you are only human.

To learn more, get in touch with us today.

This blog was produced in collaboration with the Oxford Taxis service from The Oxford Minibus Company.