In my adult life and with my small business, I’ve had to constantly worry that I might miss an important anniversary like a birthday or a contract renewal because I had no frame of reference for the last time said event occurred.
If you ask me about an event, I can tell you who was there, the topic and even small details that usually go unnoticed, but I won’t be able to tell you when it happened and in most cases I’ll probably have the order of events out of sequence too. In fact, it use to get me in a lot of trouble as a child because I was “telling stories” if I didn’t quite have my details in a nice neat package.
Since it’s obvious that my brain just doesn’t work when it comes to dates, I’ve worked to find ways that my other odd traits could pick up the slack. Since that’s a cumbersome way to put it, I like to think about it as tools.
Whenever I’m faced with tasks that are naturally difficult for me, I put in a little extra effort so that I can create a work-around for the next time the problem comes up.
It’s safe to assume a Calendar is a tool I use a lot. I use it to remind me of upcoming events, and as a journal so I can look back and refresh my memory. I also leave myself little clues so that I can deduce the dates of important events. You might even think my collection of conference badges as a bit odd, but the ones I have hanging on the wall in front of my desk all have dates on them.
These little routines and trails of bread crumbs may seem like the failings of weak mind, but the reality is that it allows me to focus on the things I can do well. I don’t panic because I don’t remember, instead I’m confident that I can find the answer quickly.
As a small business owner, you should also be thinking about the tools that will help you be more efficient and reduce your stress. Do you need tools for time management, Email management or something else? No matter what it is, putting in the time now to create a tool you can use again and again is well worth the effort.
I’d love to know about the tools you use to keep on track or solve problems in your small business. Please leave your suggestions or questions below.