I’m sure you stopped by to figure out how I have everything soooooo organized. Right? Yeah, no. I’ll be the first to say that trying to do it all is impossible. My house isn’t clean. It looks like a tornado ran through it. An F5. More like a Shannon 5. Because there are 5 of us…. plus two dogs. Do things end up messy for awhile? Yes. Do things slip through the cracks? Of course. Do I feel like I’m constantly forgetting something? Definitely. I’m sure by now you’re thinking there is no hope. Right? Well, have no fear! I have some great tips for helping you stay organized if you’re a small business owner. Because it is so easy to allow things to slip through the cracks and to not keep up, I’ve implemented some organizing strategies to help me stay on top of things, at least with my business…. I try to to do the same with the laundry and cleaning, but I wind up playing with my kids instead and I’m OK with that!
So, I know I’ve raved about this planner before. I don’t get any kickbacks or anything for talking about this planner but I truly believe in it and I use it daily. It’s the only thing that keeps me organized and sane.
From managing my business finances, shoot and social media schedule, to planning meals and other tasks, it keeps me organized and accountable for the things I need to make sure I keep up with.
Tip 1: Set a schedule for routine tasks. I have a set schedule for certain routine tasks that I need to take care of every week. For example, on Mondays I blog and plan future blog posts. On Tuesdays, schedule all of my social media posts for the week. On Wednesdays I update all of my business financials. etc. Finding daily tasks to keep me accountable help keep me in the routine of doing things so I don’t forget and wind up with a HUGE undertaking when I do decide to tackle it.
Tip 2: Automate routine tasks. There are just some tasks worth automating. Social media is one of them. I’ve used a couple of different services in the past, but I am currently using HootSuite. I am able to schedule posts ahead of time across the social media platforms I use. This allows me to sit and focus on my social media rather than try to come up with something every day and not putting out quality content. When I have a stretch of time to work on things like that, I accomplish more and my content is better. If you have a routine email that goes out, automate it. If you have social media as a large component of your business, automate it.
Tip 3: Write things down. Having a checklist of reminders of things I need to accomplish has kept me so much more organized. People have various methods of doing this, but my method is using the Colorvale Photographer’s Planner. There is one very similar to it that can be used for anything (not photography specific) called Briefcase. It appears almost identical to the photographer’s planner, so I’m not sure it’s related, but you can be assured you’re getting the same organizing tools that you would get in a photographer’s planner, but for your industry. Everyone has a system. Find one that works for you. My husband and mother use post-its. They put them everywhere. It drives me nuts, but it works for them.
I hope you enjoyed this article to help get you on the right track to better organizing your business and household, which, many times, can feel like an impossible task. Feel free to share some of your organization tips in the comments!