Unfinished Business: How To Organize Your Startup To Do List
If there was one thing I would have to say about starting a business, it would have to be that it is very messy. You have to learn how to organize, when to organize, what to focus on, and what to put on the later racket.
But that's just it. There's always something to do, always more things to add, and so many things that always distract you from the main focus of the setup or actual business.
This is one reason why I think that those who know how to manage their time and know how to focus on the right things are two very important traits in running a business.
When you first start out, the excitement brings to fruition a desire to learn how to structure and to execute your idea.
Depending on if you're already an expert on your desired field or you're learning your way through, there is either way, a lot of things to add to a to-do list.
So much so, that you begin to realize that at some point, you cannot do it alone.
Of course, that is why you need to also be a leader.
But even if you do have others by your side, there are still more things to be done.
This results in many things, which I call unfinished business.
There's always room for improvement, room for more clients, room for new goals, and room for more employees.
Sometimes, you find jobs that you didn't think you would need before.
My heart goes out to those who find themselves in this position of continuous unfinished business.
That is why I would like to share to you a few things that I had learned as a manager.
Firstly, you need to find where you fit in the most and what you expect to be doing on your own.
Make a list of those things and extract the other things that you could have someone or something manage for you.
Now, make a list of jobs that are most important that needs to be covered.
Do you need someone to take calls for you? Do you get lots of calls? Could you integrate that calls would be one job in the list of jobs that you have for your employees?
Next find the jobs that need to be done, but not on a regular daily basis.
For example, do you need to throw the trash away every single day? Of course, if you have lots of trash or your business revolves around throwing trash away, you would decide on how many times a week you would need to do so.
If you don't need to do it that much, of course, you wouldn't need someone specifically just for doing just trash.
After you have your list for yourself and your employees, write a list of what things you could improve or add to your business.
Slowly integrate them and find ways to make the jobs easier. It's about working smarter, not harder.
But before you integrate them, do you have too much work in your hands? How about the employees hands? Do they have too much to do?
Find ways to master what you have to do every single day first before you add more to the plate.
After mastering, head over to the list of things you could improve and see if you could do it on your own, your employees, your systems, or if you need to hire or implement new strategies.