Business administration tip 1: Keep it in one place
Updated: Mar 24
The kids rolled their eyes.
By now I was ten minutes into the search for my car keys.
I'd looked high and low.
And it was 08:29 and I was now late getting get Rosie to school.
Plus it was a Monday. Never the best day to find yourself in disorganised chaos.
By this point one or two expletives were let go as I traipsed back up the stairs for the umpteenth time.
Of course I pinned the blame on the kids.
First Emelia ...
Then Rosie ...
... they are always moving things around where I could never find them.
No, no, no ... not one of the kids, why didn't I realise it before, the answer was right in front of me all along!
My husband. He had used them recently, surely.
By now my voice is a few octaves higher and the only things capable of hearing me are roosting bats - not even dogs stand a chance.
He swears blind he's not touched them. He would.
So where the bloody hell are they!!
As I shrug on my coat I rack my brains for the last time I used them ...
Didn't use them Sunday ...
Made one trip to the shops on Saturday ...
I remember it being a particularly cold day ...
All of this is playing on my mind as I reach into my pocket to check I have a face mask and oh sweet mother of mine, there they are!
Of course I was wearing my coat, Saturday was cold!
The result was that Rosie was late to school and I'd worked myself up into a terrible mood to start the day and week.
This is a little like running a business. There's so much you need, but never at the same time. So when the time comes when you need said item, it's never at hand when you actually need it.
A frantic search of your house, office, garage, car, van, etc ...
If you're like most small business owners, you will have bits of paper here there and everywhere.
Quite likely your online files are in similar disarray.
It's understandable. You're busy sorting projects and working to keep customers happy, and the cash coming in.
But these files and scraps of paper have value so keeping hold of them is important because you will never know when you might have need of them.
And so tip number one of the business administration series is: keep your paperwork in one place.
Whether you have a room in the house with a desk you can store things in. Or a handy spot in your garage for storing paperwork - keep it together, in one place.
This will save you time in frustrated searching ...
And could save you money when it comes to submitting your tax returns.