Hard to believe, but last week marked the beginning of spring, and we’re almost through the first quarter of 2012. So, that means now would be a good time to do some spring cleaning in your business. Business moves at such a fast pace that the end of each quarter is a good time to perform some checks and balances in the business to be sure you keep yourself on track.
Here are 5 spring cleaning actions you can take to ensure you stay on track to work ON your business.
1. Check your system Back-up Procedures. If you don’t have a decent back-up system to date, make a promise to yourself that you will take the time this week to put that in place. Downtime from a computer failure should not bring your business to a halt or force it out of business and that has happened to a number of business owners. I am big fan of online back-up systems like Backblaze or Carbonite, but you can also use an external hard drive to back up and store your data. Regardless of the method you prefer, if you’ve left your business data to chance thus far, make a commitment to put a back-up system in place this week. It’s not a question of ‘will you lose your data, it’s a question of ‘when’ you’ll lose your data.
2. Update your web site. The world is dynamic and so is your business, so your web site should reflect that. If you haven’t changed anything on your web site (blog excluded—you’re blog should be updated every week, if possible) in the last quarter, then it’s time to update a few lines of copy or images on your site.
3. Review the mailing lists you’re on. When we’re searching around for information on-line, we’re often and unsubscribe to any that you haven’t been reading during the last quarter.
4. Update your social profiles. Now is a good time to update social profiles like LinkedIn. Update any projects, skill sets, or experience that may be missing. Be sure to include any media mentions or accomplishments that might be missing.
5. Measure how you’re doing against your goals. Because we’re at the end of the first quarter, this is a good time to see how you’re doing against your goals. This measure might show that you need to make some adjustments to ensure you’re doing the right things to accomplish those goals. Spring cleaning out some bad habits to make way for some new one’s might be the way to go.
Now that you’ve cleaned the business up a bit, you’ll have a clearer view of the items you need to focus on to accomplish what’s most important. Taking some time each quarter to clean and focus might be the magic formula to keep you on track.
What else do you do to maintain focus?