A service I was slow to adopt but now heartily recommend for every busy entrepreneur is that provided by a professional organizer. There are times when it would save you a lot of grief to get something done sooner rather than later, but you simply don’t have the time to do it. If you are a solo entrepreneur you are wearing all the hats, and that can often be stressful. Save yourself some wear and tear — hire an organizer.
If you’re a regular reader of The First Year, you may have wondered where I’ve been for the last week or so. The answer to that is, I was moving, and not just across town or within the region. No, I have moved from California to Oregon. It was a challenge maintaining some presence in my business and juggling an interstate move all at once. (A new state means new laws and new licenses, an additional layer of complexity.) The solution to my stressed-out condition was to use several organizers.
There are different kinds of organizers. I used one who does one-time office jobs (mine could be handled remotely via email) and another who specializes in helping with construction and/or handyman projects. Some will handle bookkeeping matters for you. Some take care of logistics.
Time-management specialists talk about tasks that are important and those that are urgent. Often what is urgent keeps getting in the way of what is important. Make a list of your important to-dos and find an organizer (or two) to handle them for you. It is invariably money well spent, and you’ll sleep better at night.