Home Edit Organisation Tips That Work For Your Business
One thing I have learned during my career, but I’d like to think that we all have had the same experience at some point, is dreading that one item on our to-do list that we put off for too long and perhaps never get to. For me in my business, I used to always put the things on the list that I didn't like doing at the bottom, or I would spend hours scrolling social media trying to convenience myself I was working.
I had to do a lot of hard work to work more effectively, get organised
During my maternity leave, I binge-watched Netflix’s show Get Organized with The Home Edit, and let me tell you, I fell in love. Not only did it help with the night feeds but I related to everything they said. Not when it comes to my house, trust me that is far from perfect, but my business and how I work.
I edit, I use zones in my everyday work life. Each section of my business, albeit virtually, is organised and in a labeled box. You should see my inbox it never has no more than 5 emails waiting for an action.
So I really want to make the idea of organising your business approachable and exciting not to feel like an overwhelming job. Here are my top 5 tips that I have taken from the Home Edit that also work perfectly with organising your business today.
Tip #1: Before you start, set yourself goals
Finding the right plan to fit your needs is dependent upon your goals for your business. Do you want the business to grow? Do you want to work certain hours? What do you want to earn etc.? Then work out where you can best spend your money and time to effectively hit your business goals.
You also need to know what drives your business the most and have these tools quick to hand. If most of your business comes from Instagram you need an Instagram box for your business.
This one-stop box (zone) will have everything you need for Instagram, making sure it is accessible and avoid placing this box in a hard-to-reach area. Make sure your content plan is in there, you have all the images close to hand, grouped your hashtags, bio, profile picture CTA etc. Even an automation tool needs to be thrown in this box as will save you so much time.
If the chore of Instagram then becomes too much, but still a huge driving force for your business, then find someone who loves the gram. You can then hand them your pre-organised Instagram box all prepped for promoting your business.
Organising your business, to a routine, will make your system intuitive and maintainable. Discussing your goals for your business is the most unique part of your organisational experience, so own it and make it your own!
Tip #2: Trust the editing process
After you have set your goals, the editing process can begin. Editing can be challenging for those of us who are holding on to bits of the business, even if it is not working, or who fear making more of a mess beyond a current system that is disorganised but concealed (i.e. boxes upon boxes of things that need to be done and organised it just so overwhelming).
Before you get going with categorising and containing, just like in the home edit it calls for taking everything (yes, everything) out of your business and putting it on to one table. It will feel chaotic, but will also allow you the opportunity to organise your business into categories later on that may be more intuitive once you take a step back and are able to see a spread of everything that makes up the running of your business.
Now, it’s time to start asking yourself hard questions. As business owners, we can be hoarders - especially when it comes to marketing. Creating heaps of content that doesn't really speak to a niche or drive our business goals. Or have loads of systems that don't work together or maybe there is part of you that feels you just need to be doing and if you don't have a huge to-do list that your not driving the business?
A good compromise to ease into the editing process is to replace the permanent idea of “throwing out” we can research, test, or even put something on the back burner and see if you need it for your business. Sift through all the marketing elements of your business and put them in piles to keep, research more, discard, or place away into virtual storage until the time is right.
Tip #3: Categorising will save your life
Boxes for your business or as the Home Edit queen would say Zones, are the key to form and function. Boxes for my business are mostly virtual but sometimes physical allotments of space in my home office. These boxes for your business are representations that helps you to maintain your system over time. If you’re overflowing your box, it serves as a visual reminder that you either need to A) go back in and edit out items of the box that you no longer need, use, or love or B) to reconfigure your box maybe your box can have subcategories or some parts of the elements of the box can be outsourced.
While a lot of our boxes in our business, for example, maybe similar just taking Social Media as an example (Linkedin, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Clubhouse, Tick Tock) they also may differ greatly based on your business, your goals but most importantly your customer. I don’t personally get any business from Linkedin (perhaps one day), but I do have a lot more followers and client opportunities on Instagram and Facebook for which I will need a big box for the elements to support these social media platforms. Create unique boxes for your business, don't overload your virtual filing system, and think you have to have a box for everything. Because all businesses are unique and therefore is your filing system.
Tip #4: Use containers to maximise your time
My favorite excuse that I loved to use to justify my affinity for disorganisation is “lack of time.” I used to settle with the idea that “if I had more time, I would be organised.” A fun fact that I learned when watching Get Organized is that 1) I’m wrong and 2) I have much more time than I think I have.
So how do you truly maximise your time if you feel like you don’t have a lot of it? Clea and Joanna let me into a magical little secret that containers are truly anything you add to your shelving to contain a group of items or to maximise surface area in a space. But this also works when it comes to your time. You need blocks (containers) for your time, you segment your time into these as we did with the boxes, blocks hold us accountable. It represents what we can task we can fit comfortably in that time block and allows us to identify if we don't have enough time to get the to-do list done.
If you can see and manage the to-do list in a block you are more likely to get things done, overwhelm will not kick. You can also reevaluate the to-do list and what do you have time for. Is cleaning your house stopping you from working on your business? Options: do it at the weekend? get help with who you live with? or the extra time you spend growing your business will pay for you to get a cleaner? Only use the time blocks to do the things that bring you joy but also grows your business.
Tip #5: Organisation is an ongoing process
The saying “the grass is green where you water it” holds true in so many areas of life, but especially when it comes to keeping your business organised and tidy. As much as I would love to think that organising my business would be a one-time, few-day process, it’s simply not the reality. Even when you organise with a foolproof method, you still have to maintain over time it and give it a little bit of love every so often. Your business will change and evolve over time.
That might mean revisiting the editing process when items re-accumulate or expand past their allotted virtual box. It might mean revamping what boxes you’ve employed based on a change in circumstances, customers, or goals. It might mean starting from scratch if the system you decided upon simply isn’t working. But if you incorporate occasionally revisiting within your overall system, the watering will be manageable and oh so worth it.