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What small-business owner wouldn’t like to get his or her company running more smoothly? But increasing efficiency isn’t always as easy as it might seem. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you work to step up your firm’s pace:
If you need to organize your office, don’t start by shopping for containers. Survey what files and books you need to store, measure them, and then go to the store.
Don’t let papers and e-mails pile high on your desk. Instead, file, act on, or toss them. You should be able to make a decision immediately as papers cross your desk.
Take advantage of electronic devices such as e-mail, PDAs, and database file management to categorize work.
Choose the calendar system that’s best for your organizational style, and stick with it. If it is computer-based, back up, back up, back up!
Manage your time ruthlessly. In a sense, it is what you are selling.
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