The other day I walked into my apartment when my roommate asked, “How are you so freaking organized in your business?” Now, at this point, my roommate knows I juggle a lot of projects.
On the one hand, I kind of thrive off of challenges. I’ve come to terms with the fact that a part of me enjoys putting myself in situations that push me out of my comfort zone. On the other hand, I’ve had to learn how to keep my business organized.
Many people don’t know this, but I’m actually not a naturally organized person. I’d lose my head if it wasn’t attached to my body. The good news is you can learn to keep your business organized to! Here’s how.
Set your priorities.
The first step in keeping your business organized is to set your priorities. These are the things that are most important to your business for the time being. The reason you want to get crystal clear on what your priorities are is so that you know what to decline.
Here’s the thing though. In reality, you should have about a maximum of three priorities. Any more than that and as Brian Tracey says, you probably don’t have any.
For example, one of my current priorities is to stay home for a while and focus on growing my group coaching program. So, when I received an invitation to join a mastermind retreat that required travel, I declined.
This brings me to my next point…
Say no…a lot.
If you’re feeling disorganized in your business it may be because you’ve taken on way too much. The truth is we sometimes overestimate how much we can actually get done.
While I believe we all have the same 24 hours in a day as Beyoncé, I also realize I’m human and therefore not a machine. As a result, I’m very conscious of my time and selective with what I decide to take on. Knowing what my priorities are helps me stick to my guns.
For example, I’ve gotten several requests recently to participate in telesummits and events. None of them really worked for me based on my priorities so I’m not doing them.
Ask for help.
One of the biggest blessings in helping me keep my business organized is that I ask for help. This started a few years ago when I hired my first virtual assistant (now business manager).
You see, I hired her because she was organized whereas I wasn’t. I needed help in creating a CRM, backend systems and project management protocol. Because I’m so willing to ask for help, I’ve been able to improve these things over time.
Raise your prices.
One of the reasons people take on too much is because they are not pricing their offerings fairly. Often times they are undervaluing themselves. This means they need to take on more work in order to meet their financial obligations.
The good news is there’s an easy way to fix this: Raise your prices. If you’re pricing yourself correctly you won’t need to overload yourself. This allows you to keep your business organized.
If keeping your business organized is one of your goals for 2018, then keep these suggestions in mind. By implementing these strategies you’ll be more organized in no time!