It’s nearly the end of February in this brand-new year, and many of you are still dealing with the overwhelm of 2020 combined with the new challenges of 2021.
If you find yourself still struggling with the overwhelming tasks on your plate, here are three tips to get out.
- Understand your employees, suppliers, and customers’ situations by asking and analyzing.
- Look for places to trim the excess or clear out business clutter.
- Observe your operation’s culture and decide how to change it for the better.
Understand your employees, suppliers, and customers’ situations by asking and analyzing.
Take some time to understand the people you interact with in your operation. Maybe their life situation has changed, maybe it hasn’t.
How have your employees’ lives changed that impacts their morale, their availability, their skillset?
How have your suppliers changed how they do business?
What needs do your customers have now that they didn’t a year ago?
Checking in with these three groups is a quick way to know what your priorities are, and the rest of the tasks can fade away for a bit.
Look for places to trim the excess or clear out business clutter.
By “business clutter” I mean both paper and processes.
Does your office need a clean-out so you can better think through your tasks?
Does your crowded computer desktop need to be organized so you can actually find what you need – and so could someone else?
What processes or procedures were created for past employees, old systems, or simply should be replaced with something that meets the needs of your current business?
Observe your operation’s culture and decide how to change it for the better.
What is the culture in your operation? If you don’t know, it’s probably an allowed culture, not a created culture, and that’s a problem. Rarely are allowed operational cultures positive or a role model for efficiency.
What does the operation value?
Do employees feel comfortable expressing their frustrations and difficulties with managers?
Is your culture one that is attractive to new employees or returning family members?
These 3 tips will help you get out of the overwhelming pile of to-dos and hone in on what you need to focus on; the rest can (and should) wait.
Until next time-
ACT Like A Pro out there.