The weather is getting warmer. The trees are getting greener. The world is coming back to life! That can only mean one thing–it’s spring! And with spring, comes the urge to refresh our lives. Maybe you’re knee deep in a closet clean out? Or going through all the kids’ toys creating that Goodwill donation mountain? Well, why should our businesses be any different; they deserve a good ole spring clean too!
Let’s deep clean, declutter, and reorganize your business for maximum efficiency. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Declutter your office and desk space. The first step in any successful spring cleaning effort is to declutter. [My mom tells me I declutter too often, but it’s honestly because I CANNOT concentrate when there’s a bunch of shhhtuff lying around.] Look around your office space and identify anything that’s taking up space and not serving a useful purpose. Consider selling, donating, or recycling any items you no longer need, including old furniture and books, outdated electronics, and unnecessary paperwork (this is your sign to throw away your tax documents that are seven years or older). This will not only make your office look more organized but also improve the functionality of the space. What this looks like for me–I have a clothes rack in my office…not really sure why, but It has a bunch of random stuff hanging on it…those random items will be taking a journey to the trashcan.
- Review and update your website and social media presence. Spring (and the start of a new quarter) is an excellent opportunity to review and update your business’s online presence, including your website and social media profiles. Ensure that your website is up to date with the latest information, including product or service offerings, contact details, and testimonials from satisfied customers. Update your social media profiles with new images, bios, and other relevant information. What this looks like for me–I am updating my Instagram bio for the first time in YEARS! I have recently realized how valuable this piece of social media real estate is and can’t believe I have let it sit stagnant for so long. It’s going to become a quarterly task to update with new offers/lead magnets, etc.
- Review and adjust your yearly business goals. We are a quarter the way into the year. How are things going with the business goals you set? Take this time to make any necessary adjustments based on changes in the market, what’s going on in your life, or your customers’ needs. This will ensure that your business is on track to hit those goals and that you’re prepared for any potential challenges that may arise. With that being said, also allow yourself some grace if you haven’t hit the goals you wanted to. Sh*t happens. Readjust and course correct. The year is young. What this looks like for me–I hit one, count it, ONE first quarter goal. And ya know what? That’s fine. There was a whole lot thrown at us during the first quarter, so I’m going to take that one goal win and celebrate the heck out of it. Then I’ll adjust my goals for the remainder of the year.
- Conduct a workflow review. Spring cleaning isn’t just about decluttering…it’s also about simplifying. Take a look at your workflow. Where have the bottle necks occurred? How can I make it easier for my clients and potential clients to say yes to my services? It could be the smallest tweak that makes the biggest difference. What this looks like for me–I am adding a free consultation call to my TPF emails. I think the more accessible I am, the more trust I can build, and, therefore, the more sales I can make.
- Assess your daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly systems. In the same vein as the last task, simplifying is key when running an efficient business. There are so many tasks, roles, and responsibilities that we take on as solo-preneurs that it’s really easy for stuff to fall through the cracks. Take a look at your routines to ensure you aren’t letting anything be left undone. Personally, I have a horrible habit of letting the tasks I don’t enjoy doing fall by the wayside. It’s that one task that has been on my to do list for like five weeks, that just keeps getting pushed to the next bulleted list. What this looks like for me–at the end of each work day, I have started creating a to do list for the next work day. It really helps me at the beginning of the day to sit down and already have my “assignment,” for lack of a better word. I don’t have to use any brain power trying to prioritize what needs to get done because I did that work for myself the previous day!
It’s really tough to sit down and make myself concentrate on tasks that I feel like don’t make me money. As a business owner, it’s engrained in us that the money pays the bills and is often a marker of success–I get it!
On the other side of that coin though, if we consistently let inefficiency into our systems, our workflows, our offices…we are really costing ourselves money on a daily basis.
So take three hours. Do these spring cleaning tasks. And enjoy the newfound efficiency in your business and the weight that’s lifted by doing the spring cleaning!
Share the knowledge! If you have a spring cleaning task you’re doing, share it in the comments below!
If you like these tips and want more about specific organizational strategies, tools, and systems, check out this TPF resource in the shop. It outlines specific daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual tasks to ensure nothing falls through the cracks!
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