The Importance of Getting Organized
As we head into the new year, many of you may be thinking about new year’s resolutions. Unlike jumping on the diet and fitness bandwagon, try something different in 2021 and focus on honing-in on your organization skills.
If you run a business or are thinking about starting one, being organized is incredibly important. In fact, business owners may experience significant costs when they are disorganized. Don’t fall into the trap and preach “I have an organization system only I understand.” You’ll be setting yourself up for some unneeded stress.
In fact, a report by MediaValet says employees spend up to 8% of their day searching for files. What’s worse? If employees are unsuccessful in their search, they end up wasting even more time by recreating up to 15% of digital assets.
Disorganization causes a definite financial burden for business owners. But, being disorganized goes even deeper than expense. It can cause dissatisfaction from staff partners and poor mental health.
Staff partners want to know that their time is being used productively and that they are helping move the needle forward on projects. Creating a simple system for organizing workflows and files will prove beneficial to staff’s overall morale. Plus, you will be rest assured that critical dollars are being spent on actual work and not time wasted.
Below are 8 quick and easy ways to get organized:
- Get your physical workspace and desk clutter-free.
- Make sure all your shared files are in an easy-to-navigate secure shared drive.
- Create well-detailed and easy-to-follow project workflows.
- Organize your passwords with Dashlane or 1Password or an efficient system that works for you.
- Clean out your email inbox weekly.
- Try using Asana or Monday.com for project management.
- Go paperless.
- Keep yourself accountable by setting achievable weekly goals to stay organized.
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Derek Rundell, is a successful business leader, operator, and serial entrepreneur. Derek has founded, managed and sold businesses in the technology, media and finance industries. He sits on several boards and serves as an advisor/investor to numerous established businesses and startups. Startups are Derek’s real passion, and in addition to building his own portfolio of technology, media and financial ventures, he invests in and mentors startups and entrepreneurs. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and helping other businesses succeed.