The two major causes of stress for business owners are people and money. In fact, it might be fair to say that about life too ???? Marketing, marketing They say feedback is the breakfast of champions. In my experience it’s true. In fact, I believe most people want to know how they are doing. If we don’t know how we are doing then we can start to lose momentum because we don’t know if what we are doing is working or adding value. Our subconscious can start to think “what’s the point of doing this? No-one is noticing”.Working smarter not harder is a good saying, but it’s sometimes easier said than done.
When you are in the thick of it, it’s often easier just to put your head down, work some extra hours and ‘get it done’.
While there are certainly times for that – if that’s your default response to being busy – it may also be a sure path to burnout.
In this edition we are looking at ways to increase efficiency through clear and simple workflows. Workflows are a visual map of the steps involved in getting a task done consistently in the smartest way possible.
A good workflow gets the results you need with as few steps as possible, the least amount of work, and never compromises quality.
If you know you have room for improvement on how your business operates in terms of efficiency and effectiveness, you’ll enjoy this issue.
P.S. Not sure what areas of your business can be systematized? Download our systems map HERE
P.P.S. Or perhaps a sample workflow doc (This is one we use in one of our property businesses for lease option tenant on-boarding) – download here. It is supplemented with necessary forms and checklists. Yours will be different for sure but this will give you an idea.
What is Your Workflow and How Do You Get Started?
This 2:43 video by yours truly gives a simple explanation behind workflow and how to get started.
Our book recommendations this month support what I cover here.
Need to Explore a Workflow Software Solution?
Once you are clear on what your workflow is, having a well thought out software solution to support it, can put it on steroids.
This short article gives good consideration on how to consider workflow software.
Still Need Convincing?
This article gives you six clear benefits of getting clear on your workflow. How can you argue with that ????
The Checklist Manifesto
If Surgeons and Pilots need them, then you do too – checklists that is. Checklist are one of the simplest and most effective forms of systemisation.
Checklists fully support your workflow and can reduce error rates dramatically. Get this book, read it and implement.
The E-Myth Revisited
Often known as the go-to resource for small business structure.
This book is not the be all and end all, but as far as how to think about systems and workflow, it’s a great resource. I highly recommend it.