If a startup wants to succeed, organisation is vital. Being efficient and productive are keys to success, and being messy and late are red flags to potential investors. Although you might be the most determined startup there is, you might not be the tidiest.
Organising tasks is synonymous with being a successful entrepreneur. You’re not going to impress fellow influencers by turning up late and missing networking events. By separating tasks and deciding who should take care of what, you’ll be able to effectively run a well-organized startup in no time.
Get your workflow running smoothly with these five effortless tips to organisational heaven!
Lists aren’t just for shopping. Don’t underestimate the power of sticking by a good old-fashioned to-do list. By writing out your thought process you’ll be able to decide where to start and how to tackle the rest of the day.
Lists are also a great way to wind down your evening. After a stressful day at work, write down everything you need to complete tomorrow and then forget about it completely. It will be off your mind and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy a stress-free evening and a glass of wine.
Once you’ve created your list, you can begin to prioritise. This doesn’t have to happen as soon as you’ve written it – wait until the next morning before you start to decide. That way you won’t have to worry if Vicky will be annoyed you’ve made her work with James, etc.
Rather than beginning with the task at the top of the list, organise them by importance. Which has the closest deadline? Which will affect your team’s performance? This way you’ll be able to leave checking your emails until you really have to, meaning you won’t get distracted by new pieces of work.
Being the boss means delegating tasks to the most capable employees for the job. You need to be aware of each employee’s specific skill set and how they’re enhancing your team.
Your employee with excellent written skills and your other employee with great visual skills should be working together on a project for the best of both worlds. Not only will they produce a well-rounded piece, they’ll learn from each other’s skills and become more aware of how to enhance their own skills.
Once the wheels are in motion monitor everything. If people aren’t working as well as you thought they would, or projects are running behind schedule, you need to re-evaluate and decide what’s next. Drastic action may not be necessary! Sometimes all you need is a few tweaks to get the team on track.
On rare occasions your team will work in perfect harmony and on time. While you won’t need to move staff and re-allocate positions, you will still need to keep note of what’s going on. Decide who’s working well with who and which areas are performing above the rest. You can use this to review later.
For any project, large or small, you reviewing is a necessity. You might feel like you’re making extra work for yourself when you’ve got 101 things to do, but you won’t regret it in the long run.
Write down the best and worst parts of the work, and get your team to do the same. Then pool your opinions together to come up with a scheme on how you can improve in time for the next project.
Do you know how to manage your workflow, or are you still living the unorganised lifestyle? Leave your comments in the section below!
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