Hey there! We are on to the second blog! Hooray! Now that my blog website is complete, I have been wanting to get down and dirty with business. By business, I mean sharing useful things with you all. I will be sharing something tried and tested in each blog – something from varying categories. Afterall, a mompreneur’s day involves so many things! You have to be a mom, a wife, a business woman, a friend, a cook, a cleaner, a shopper, an organiser, and if you are very lucky, an afternoon napper!
Today I want to talk about being organised. I am not a naturally organised person. I mean, I am forever searching for my phone and wallet especially when I am in a hurry to go out. If I could stick those things on my skin I would. My mother would be laughing uncontrollably if she read this – Rashmi preaching about organising! Yes mother dear, but I am talking about being organised in your business or your job. When it comes to your livelihood, it doesn’t matter how imperfect you are at home. I have never lost a laptop or a work mobile phone, because I am super organised for work. Broken a mobile? Yes, but that’s only because I wanted a newer version.
In your business or job, money is at stake. Someone is relying on you and paying you to do your job as perfectly as possible. Or in the case of a businessowner, you yourself are.
When you portray an organised image in your work, you seem to look more reliable, in control, and proud of your work. Those are the kind of people that clients or prospects want to deal with. They believe you and your recommendations. So how do you become more organised in your tasks? Let me share three things I do:
- Start at sunrise. The sun is up at 4.30am these days in Perth, so I will go ahead and excuse myself from this one. But if the sun seems to be more reasonable in your city, wake up to breathe in that crisp morning air, and expose your skin to the sun for Vitamin D goodies! Have a morning routine. Review that list of tasks you wrote out last night so that you can get right on it in the morning. Start knocking them off. Stretch a limb or two. If your kids are a little older, hopefully you can get much done even before they wake up. Oh, and meditate (I am still working on this one)! If you follow a morning, you will get the bulk of your tasks crossed off before noon because you would have energised yourself nice and early in the day.
- Do not let your work desk (whether at home or at office) have clutter on it. See clutter, think clutter. If you have clutter in your line of vision, your mind will most likely be in the same state. Spend a few minutes every few hours to quickly put away things from your desk. A minimalist approach here would be beneficial. Trust me, you will breathe better.
- Have a list system that you use to record and manage your tasks. When I was in my corporate job, I had an Excel spreadsheet that I built. It was extremely simple and had only a few columns – date started, date completed, task description, task notes, and expected completion date. I kept that list going day in and day out. That way, I could refer to a task I did last week and read notes on it. I would organise the list by “expected completion date” to ensure I didn’t miss any. However these days, instead of this list, I use a model called the Gantt Chart. My husband and I created this chart so that we can monitor the progress of each task required for the setup of my business, and categorise each set of tasks as well. How do you operate this chart to help you? Firstly, download the chart by clicking the Download button below. Then edit all the categories, tasks and dates to what you need. Then all you do is change the percentage of task completion as you go along. Play around with it to get a feel for it. Every morning, click on the current day’s date so that you will see which tasks you are supposed to do that day. I hope this helps you be that much more organised in your work. You can even use it to plan and manage your non-work related tasks like going to the bank for account opening next week, returning that book to your friend tomorrow, or finishing your kid’s project due in a couple of days.
There you have it. That was my spill on organisation for the day. I hope you find the Gantt Chart useful. Also, feel free to Google “Gantt Chart” for more information and let me know if you improve on it!
Next week, I want to talk about Natural skincare for babies – is it really all it is made out to be? My sister, who is a pharmacist, and I had a very good conversation on this topic earlier this week. I would love to share what we talked about. Do subscribe to the blog so that you will be notified when I post about it next.
See you then!