Things are going great, but they could be better.You’re working too many hours a week just to keep your business alive and success is feeling a little overwhelming. All this could mean that it’s time to start systematizing your business. Here are three ways from Design Pickle to bring the smart world into your office.
Create a master system
Maybe you already have some handy productivity tools at hand, but sometimes great technology can create even more work. Between CRMs, communication tools, email platforms, automation processes — it’s easy to lose track of everything. Stop losing track and start systematizing by creating one master system — the list of lists, official org chart, definitive rule book to rule them all. Get the story of your business mapped out from day to day. Even a classic spreadsheet will do.
Treat recurring tasks like experiments
The company’s tasks, your individual tasks, your team’s assigned tasks — they are all processes that may need improvement now and then. You can’t improve processes if you keep forgetting how they’re done. Worse, you can’t scale your business properly without process analysis and innovation.
Keep it simple
Your systems are a large part of your workplace’s culture. They’re the reason you and your employees can say with pride, “This is how we get things done around here. They may not be perfect, but if something’s wrong, we can count on the management to listen.” So don’t get tangled up in a web of systematizing. If it’s getting too complicated, it’s not working as a productivity system any longer.