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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Get Your Business Organised

Is this your business? You start your day with the best intentions- to complete an outstanding project which will improve your business. Then when you get into your office, you check your emails. Then you catch up on some paperwork and organising some orders that didn’t get sent out last night.

One of the emails is a complaint which you have to fix. Then a supplier calls to say there will be a delay in your order. Then phone starts to ring with everything from sales people to customer queries. Before you know it is lunch time, but of course you don’t stop for lunch. In the afternoon, it is more of the same- dealing with customers, following up on staff questions, and fixing problems. By the end of the day, you are exhausted. You know you have been busy, but is has been another Groundhog Day, and tomorrow you will do it all again, and if you have time, you might get onto that project.

This is a classic example of an owner working in their business. Everything they do is reactive. They can never get ahead of the game- just a hamster in a wheel going round and round, but getting nowhere. Unless you can find time to work on your business, this will be your fate.

OK, you know all that but how do you break the cycle?

The first step is to recognise that this is your situation. Diagnosis is the first step to cure! Next is to acknowledge that nothing will change unless You are prepared to change. Then you need to work out what outcome you are prepared to commit to for your business – an outcome for which you are prepared to make sacrifices in either time, money or effort – there is no such thing as a free lunch!

Subscribers to the Small Business Achiever - Business Owner Brief learned in Issue 102 the 9 steps that they should take to organise their business. Steps such as working out where they should be spending their time and strategies that will actually create time so they can work on their business.

In the Small Business Achiever - Business Owner Brief all the steps are revealed. Nothing is left out in the turnkey briefs designed for the busy business owner.

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May Your Business be as You Plan It!

Dr Greg Chapman

Over to You. What do You Think? Post Your Comments Below.

Dr Greg Chapman is the Director of Empower Business Solutions and The Australian Business Coaching Club and is Australia's Leading Advisor on Emerging Businesses and provides Coaching and Consulting advice to Australian Small Business Owners in Marketing & Business Strategies Planning & Systems. He is also the author of The Five Pillars of Guaranteed Business Success.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Greg,

What you say is true. Owning my own business and raising children at the same time means that situations that you’ve described can commonly be the death-knell for my day. I found myself stuck on the phone and in front of my laptop dealing with issues that ties me down from achieving sales and meetings. A year ago I was introduced me to Windows Mobile and things have changed considerably. I was able to address not only emails, but deal with invoicing and orders while picking up the kids.

Expanding out my toolkit to include something that was an extension of the office was a great timesaver, that has allowed me to work on the projects that will expand the business.

Nerida Gill said...

I agree Greg. It is the tyranny of the urgent and overcoming the important. We can go through the day not actually thinking about what "category" our tasks fall into. Are we wasting our day on Not Important/Not Urgent tasks? Or are we focussing on the Important and Urgent? It is a helpful exercise to analyse that regularly.
Love your comment about technology Michelle. I can catch up on social networking (a marketing strategy) and check emails while I'm waiting in the car at my son's drum lessons.
Wouldn't be without my smartphone!


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