I think that one of the best things you can do not only for your business but for your personal life too, is get organized. You might think it takes away time that you could be spending catching up on work, but it will be so worth it.
For the past few weeks I’ve been overwhelmed trying to remember all the projects I had to work on and searching my overloaded MacBook for files. And then I get fed up. I was wasting more time trying to find project files than actually working on them. So I took about an hour to totally organize my computer and realized there actually was a pretty desktop background behind all that junk. (You know when you were younger and cleaned your room and were amazed to find you had a floor underneath all those clothes?)
Cleaning my desktop was my first step. I set up folders for each current client and another folder for past works and portfolio pieces. After that was done I went out and bought myself a new binder and planner. I don’t know about you but whether it’s new workout clothes or office supplies, buying new things makes me actually want to use them.
My planner is my new favorite thing. The company that makes it is called greenroom. They have tons of really cute and artsy designs on all their products.
So I scheduled which projects I’m going to work on each day this month, wrote down when I needed to pay bills and taxes and I felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. Something as simple as a planner book made SUCH a difference.
When it comes to keeping track of income and expenses I use outright.com, which has been a lifesaver. Its really helpful to see where my income is coming from and what expenses are costing me the most. If you haven’t already checked it out, I would definitely suggest trying out outright. It’s free and has excellent accounting features and is very user friendly.
So if you find yourself with a messy desk and a cluttered mind, take some time to get yourself organized, you’ll be glad you did!