5 ways to spring clean your small business
Hooray, Spring is here – the season for hope, new beginnings and spring cleaning!
Spring cleaning does wonders for your home as well as your mind; it makes you feel cleansed and organised. Giving your business a spring clean has similar benefits too.
It helps to streamline everyday operations and invites you to consider if your business offering is up-to-date and providing value.
It highlights which processes need changing, improving or deleting; helping to give your business a breath of fresh air.
Here are 5 ways you can spring clean your small business:
1. Spring clean your workspace
A tidy, organised workspace will positively affect your productivity.
As the saying goes, “a tidy desk is a tidy mind.”
Clean your desk, your computer screen and get rid of all the random bits of paper from your desk and drawers.
File paperwork into folders or an in-tray to prevent them being a distraction.
Add some plants or fresh spring flowers to your desk or office.
2. Spring clean your inbox
Freeing up space in your inbox will help to focus on your most important work and feel more in control of your workload.
For every email you receive, you have 4 choices:
- do it now (especially if it will take less than 2 minutes)
- defer it
- delegate it to someone else
- delete it
Create folders for key clients or areas of your business. This will help speed up searching for emails and free up space in your inbox.
Create folders (or labels as they’re called in Gmail) that correspond to subjects you get emails about, such as work, hobbies, travel, and finance.
Unsubscribe from unwanted newsletters and blogs (not mine!)
While you’re clearing out your inbox, you may wish to do some other digital decluttering.
Going through folders and files on your computer and renaming, reorganising or removing unnecessary documents will help free up physical, as well as mental space.
A recent study by CCLeaner, a leader in system optimization software, found that over 60% of Brits feel less stressed after decluttering their devices, 71% feel more organized and 69% feel more productive.
3. Spring clean your business plan
Spring is a great time of year to review your annual goals and business action plan – to check you are on track and moving your business forward.
- Are your goals still relevant?
- Do you need to set new goals?
- What are your next action steps?
- What support do you need?
4. Spring clean your website
If your business has changed significantly during the last year, it’s important for your website to reflect these changes.
- Does your website clearly show your core (or new) products and service and how you help?
- Is it intuitive and easy to navigate around?
- Is it easy for customers to book or buy from you?
Maybe there is some content that needs to be rewritten which will better reflect your business offering or appeal more to your target audience.
5. Spring clean your mindset
Mindset is key to success.
Henry Ford’s saying “Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you’re right” illustrates how attitude affects confidence and success.
Turn your niggles of self-doubt, crashes in confidence and mind monkeys into opportunities and ‘I can’ statements.
Do you need to remove, replace or create new working habits?
As moving or deleting files helps to clear up space in your inbox, spring cleaning your business helps to create more processing space in your brain; so you can focus on the things that are important, think creatively and make important decisions. This will help you feel more organised, focused and ready to spring your business into action!
My new beginning for spring is I’ve rebranded Heads-up Coaching – to specialise in time management and productivity.
How I can help
I can work with you 1:1 to help improve the way you work, implement good working habits, be accountable and boost your productivity.
Here are 4 ways I can help you give your business a breath of fresh air this spring:
Learn how to master time management and maximise your productivity.
Evaluate or set new business goals and create an action plan for the next steps of your business.
Banish email overwhelm, gain control of your inbox and boost your productivity.
Detailed feedback and suggestions to help your website work better for your business.
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