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Small business owners have a multitude of responsibilities to tend to every day. Naturally, as they focus on what’s most important in the moment, some tasks will either fall through the cracks or pile up. Over time, that can cause distraction and hurt a business’s efficiency and effectiveness.  If you’re discovering that what’s left undone is thwarting your productivity, why not commit to fitting time into your schedule to do a little “task cleaning” for your business.  Most of the following are small changes, but they can make a big difference in your ability to focus clearly:

  • Free up space on your computer’s hard drive by deleting files/documents you no longer need. Pay particular attention to your “downloads” folder. If you need to maintain files and documents within it, save them to other folders or, delete them entirely.
  • Reduce clutter at your workstation by doing two things:
  • Review the pile of business cards you’ve collected at networking events, and connect with those people on LinkedIn. Then dispose of the cards in the trash.
  • If you have vendors’ brochures and the other marketing literature laying around for future reference, consider bookmarking their website addresses instead so you can learn more about them later—and then throw away the paper collateral.
  • Purge your email inbox and folders of messages you’ve already responded to or that are no longer relevant.
  • Create a Word document or Excel spreadsheet to store all the blog topic ideas that have popped into your head. That way you’ll have a central place where you can capture your creativity and pull topics from when you need them.
  • Consider backing up all of your files with an automated cloud-based file storage solution. There’s nothing like peace of mind to help improve focus.

Also take a fresh look at your business plan and update anything that’s no longer accurate or relevant. This may take more time than the other suggestions, but it’s something every entrepreneur should do regularly in good times and bad. Likewise, review your marketing strategy to assess what’s working and what isn’t.

A little cleanup now can help you maintain focus on managing your business more effectively in all seasons. For more guidance on navigating the many demands of entrepreneurship, reach out to sanluisobipo.score.org to set up a time to meet with mentors knowledgeable in all aspects of starting and growing a business.


Found this article helpful?  Wait until you see the workshops we have for you!

Funding, Online Marketing & Hiring Help for Your Business August 5, 2016

Friday August 5, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM PDT
This workshop will give you some great tips, tools and strategies to help your small business grow. Topics include today’s funding options, online marketing strategies & hiring help. Every business can use a little help from time to time and SCORE is here with another FREE workshop. Sign up today!
Collaboration – 3196 S Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Click here to reserve a seat.

Marketing with Technology Workshop August 10, 2016

Wednesday August 10, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT
SCORE’s Marketing with Technology Workshop presented by Lacey Clifton will help you better understand today’s internet technology to reach your target market. You will also learn how to identify your unique selling position and to effectively communicate your message via websites, keywords, SEO and blogs to effectively capture customers and sales!  Click here to reserve a seat.
America’s Job’s Center of California – 880 Industrial Way, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Starting a Business Workshop – August 17, 2016

Wednesday August 17, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM PDT
Are you thinking about starting a business? Have you just started one? This is a great workshop and it’s FREE. This workshop will provide an overview of the business basics every aspiring entrepreneur needs to know such as the fundamentals of getting started, business plans, and how to use and understand financial reports.  Click here to reserve a seat.
America’s Job’s Center of California – 880 Industrial Way, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Starting a Business Workshop (Santa Maria) Aug 26, 2016

Friday August 26, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM PDT
SCORE’s Starting a Business workshop provides an overview of the business basics every aspiring entrepreneur needs to know. If you are thinking of starting a business, or have just started one, this workshop is a perfect fit. Topics covered will include the fundamentals of getting started, business plans, using and understanding financial reports.  Click here to reserve a seat.
MIYB – Santa Maria – 731 South Lincoln Street, Santa Maria, CA, 93458‪