Mum was right - it is best to get into a routine
Aug 27 2010 The Journal
SO mum did know best! In many businesses people run around like headless chickens trying to get everything done. Despite working extremely hard, they don’t get the results they need.
As the country comes out of recession and work picks up, this situation will get worse unless we introduce more disciplined ways of working into our businesses.
Everyone knows how important routines are for babies and small children and it seems that we could learn a thing or two from our mums by applying the same ideas to our businesses.
Some people dislike routines, claiming that they are boring and rigid. While this can be true, introducing the right routines can bring enormous benefits to your business.
When we operate in a disciplined way, the little (but important) things in our businesses don’t get missed. This prevents unnecessary fire-fighting and helps to eliminate the chaos from our day-to-day activities.
Having clearly defined routines means that everyone knows what is expected of them. It also helps us feel more in control during busy periods when things are hectic.
Once we have established the right routines for our business, we can hone them so that they take up only a tiny fraction of our working day and we don’t even have to think about them. This frees up our minds to think about how we can win more work and come up with new ideas.
So, when your mum always insisted you had a bath, cleaned your teeth and went to bed at 7pm, she was right!
Smartspeed Consulting Ltd is based in North Tyneside and specialises in helping businesses with their on-time delivery and scheduling issues.
They offer a free business review to businesses in the North East of England.
Visit www.smartspeed.co.uk or telephone 0191 645 3086 for more information.