Successful people are organized people. Organizational skills are pertinent when you are running any kind of business, whether you are a real estate investor or a small business owner. If you are not organized right now, don’t worry! Organization is a learnable skill.
Keep Track of Progress
Keeping track of progress within your business or your investments can be difficult if you are disorganized. Make sure that you have all your business dealings organized in a way that best suits you. Keeping track of it on the computer, using a myriad of easy-to-navigate folders, can be the best way. When your records are digital, you do not have paper clutter and you can organize them quickly. Just be sure to back up all your information onto a USB drive or an external hard drive.
Better Desk Management
Desk management may seem like a long, scary term, but it’s not! Desk management is simply the term used when it comes to your efficiency with everything that you have on your desk. Whether that is checking in with homeowners, calling a buyer’s agent, or sending out emails to your listing agent, you need to assure that all of these things are taken care of in a timely fashion. Getting so wrapped up in one portion of your workload can deter you from being successful in the other areas. Make sure you’re tacking everything and donating the proper amount of time to each activity.
Maintain a Clean Environment
Even if you are too busy to do this yourself, hire someone! A clean environment promotes a clean mind, making it easier to think and do everything that you need to do throughout the day. If you are surrounded by clutter, your mind will be cluttered too.
Whether you know it or not, others know if you’re disorganized. Some ways that disorganization displays itself to others include:
- Lack of responsiveness. Do you put off email responses? Are there inconsistencies in what you respond to and what you don’t? People that do business with you notice this, and they consider it unprofessional.
- Missing information, records, or paperwork. Do you sometimes forget to include important information whether it’s in an email, on a phone call, or when you’re filing paperwork? This is an example of unprofessionalism due to disorganization.
- Lateness to meetings or conference calls. Organized professionals are not late and they don’t miss meetings. If you need to reschedule, make sure that you are informing the person ahead of time so they do not wait for you.
As a professional, organization is absolutely crucial.
Most importantly, organization gives you less stress. When you don’t have to worry about missing meetings and leaving tasks unfinished, you feel better. Remember that organizational skills make you more successful and they make your business run better. With a little push, your business and your investments will be easy to keep track of.