Business opportunities can easily get lost amid piles of papers and disorganized hard drives. Here’s how to structure your time and space more productively.
Whether it’s business plans or business cards, conference binders or marketing copy, entrepreneurs have a lot of information to keep track of. When you’re running around like a chicken sans head, it’s hard to put a tidy workspace high on your priority list. Even if you can afford a personal assistant, that won’t necessarily solve all of your organizing problems.
One obstacle to getting organized as an entrepreneur is that a lot of organizing advice sounds intuitive and even obvious once you hear it. But there’s a broad gap between a back-of-the-mind comprehension and successfully implementing strategies for getting organized.
“If somebody doesn’t know how to [organize their workspace] they shouldn’t feel ashamed or guilty,” says Laura Leist, president of the Mount Laurel, New Jersey-based National Association of Professional Organizers. “I’m not good at graphic design or accounting, I hire those services out.”