I've had a long battle with organization. It's not that I'm completely disorganized, but when things get a little crazy I tend to lose sight of, well everything! One thing my mom always use to say to me "A place for everything, everything has a place" (from our lovely Ben Franklin). But it's so true. Each night before I go to bed, I make sure all those bits and pieces are right back where they came from. That includes the loose Chinese menu sitting nicely on my coffee table, the empty glass of water, to the stinking hair tie I picked up 10 times throughout the day and the darn dog bone I keep sitting on . No matter how exhausted I am these things NEED to be in place. There was a time I thought it was OK to leave it for tomorrow. But as my business started to grow I quickly realized I couldn't just "leave it for tomorrow".
The same goes for everything you do in your biz. All those open docs you have, un-filed content and saved images on your desktop, they need to be put in a place. I'm telling you now, if you're not organized (in your life and business) you will fail. You'll forever play catch-up and feel like you're running in circles. So here's how you're gonna do it.
Create a Wiki! You can create a simple business wiki right in your google drive. So what's a wiki you ask? A wiki is a collaboratively edited website that any user can add to or change. Here's a quick example to get you started.
- In google drive create your main "Business Wiki" folder.
- Create new folders/docs within that folder. Now each business will be different but here's what I would have for one client.
- Client Name[Folder] > Docs: Client Profile, Social Media Logins. Marketing [Folder]> Docs: Email Marketing Content, Social Media Content, Blog Content. etc.
Now think if you had everything organized like this how much easier it would be to quickly pull up past & current projects without having to look for them like a lunatic. Or just wake up in the morning and have a nice hot cup of coffee without freaking out that the dishes need to get done before you start your day. But before I end this, I do have one "unorganized piece" that I absolutely can't do without. I have a doc called "brain dump", this particular doc is where I jot down all my ideas throughout the day then at the end of my evening I'll go through it, delete unnecessary items and set up reminders and calendar events based on my brain dump doc. This project could take you as little as 30 minutes or as long as 1-2 hours, but the extra time you gain each day will certainly make an impact on your business and life.