No matter what kind of small business you’re running, let’s face it…it can get messy! One week of not keeping on top of tasks can make everything become extremely overwhelming and unorganised.
Since starting Sunday Stylings I’ve streamlined my business and found efficient ways to stay organised in all areas of what I do. Fancy a sneak peak? Keep on reading!
If you’ve not yet heard of Dubsado, then girl you’re in for a treat! I rave about this all the time over on Instagram because genuinely it’s changed my business and overall life. (Dramatic I know!)
Since using the programme I’ve discovered so many more benefits than I ever even thought. And well now, I couldn’t imagine running my business without it.
Dubsado not only allows me to send contracts to my clients to sign, but also to keep all our communications in one place, send invoices, get paid and add questionnaires to my projects. One of my favourite features that I love is the finances feature. This allows you to input all of your income and expenses and Dubsado provides a report on your profit etc.
This honestly saved my business big time. If you’re regularly finding yourself running out of time during the day then this one is for you girl!
The thing is, when you’re running your own business there is no-one around to create priorities for you. You have to set your own schedule every single day right? Time goes so quickly and before you know it you’re surrounded by paper, to-do lists, sticky notes and cups of coffee. This is EXACTLY why I started to implement batch tasking throughout my entire business.
If you’re new to the term here’s a little definition: Batch tasking is the simple process of combining similar tasks into batches and then performing all the tasks in one sitting.
So, once you’ve determined which tasks you want to batch work you need to establish a schedule that you can stick to. For example every Monday you’re going to batch work your content creation for Instagram. Then the more you create and schedule in advance, the more your business will be working on autopilot. Clever, right?
A Paper Diary
Personally, I still love using an old fashioned paper diary! I’m a sucker for new stationery so I’ll buy a new diary every chance I get. My current diary is pink and gold with the phrase ‘goal digger’ written on the front cover…so cute!
Back to the point, I use my diary for making my daily to-do lists, e-mails I need to send, things I need to buy etc. They’re also great for keeping note of client’s you may need to follow up with, or reminding yourself of deadlines.
One of the easiest ways for things to get out of control is an unorganised desktop and a mess of files named the most random of things. Personally, I use every Friday as my ‘declutter day’. This is for everything digital (like the messy desktop listed above) but also for my email inbox, Instagram direct messages, design work etc.
Anything that you no longer need, get rid of it! And if you’re keeping it, put it in the right place and named correctly! I can assure you if you practice doing this every Friday you’ll be on top of your game babe.