Having a clean space is one of the most important habits you can build as a business owner. A messy desk is the formula for incoming failure. Just image yourself sifting through piles of files not knowing where you left the document just used five minutes ago. What a nightmare! Ask yourself sincerely, how are you to operate effectively if you can't find anything?
Where to Start?
Have yourself a dedicated space for every aspect of your business. Be it for art, accounting and follow ups, whatever detailed part of your business you can think of needs a space for it to breath and manage. Always be ready to maintain it and keep it up to date
If you simply don't have the space or would love to have even less clutter then moving into digital realms of sorting and organizing is a great way to keep things clean and environmentally friendly as well. The world definitely needs less stuff so do the world a favor and throw away whatever you don't need and have it replaced in software.
The more work you have, the more you'll need to create easier ways to reduce the complexity of your business operations. But with experience and as I've done for myself, you'll start to automatically develop formulas and systems that save you time and the never ending dread of constant work. When you reach a point of comfort in your organizing, always think of new ways to make it better and personalized to your lifestyle. Once you have something that's solid then start to delegate it to someone else. That way you'll be able to focus on more aspects of your business.
Remember that your working to have a life and not the other way around. Making your business smoother gives you space to work on the fun aspects in your business. Staying in the mundane parts can definitely sap you of motivation and passion over the long term.
Like developing your skills as a photographer, the same applies for your organizational skills as well. Focus on building a solid habit in collecting and storing everything you do. Be it in your research for creative projects or the numbers and figures in your business.
All the loose notes and ideas we get through all the avenues of inspirations should be eventfully typed out and ordered in a clear and concise way. Ideas will be coming and going all the time but having a way to put them somewhere for future reference will give you a great store house of ideas to use as you collect and apply new ideas.
“But Don't Start Micromanaging…”