How have you organized your office or shop? Do you have an “A” bin, “B” bin, “C” bin, etc.? Are the tools and items that you need and use more often the most accessible?
Picture a heating and cooling service contractor who uses a lot of replacement parts and equipment in the course of a normal workday. The most common items used by the service technicians are basic hardware, i.e. nuts, bolts, screws, etc. The parts bins are located on the ground level – easily accessible to all service technicians. One level up are furnace filters, almost as popular as basic hardware. And one level up from the filters are the next most common parts, i.e. fan motors.
You get the point – although it is pretty obvious – that the most efficient way to run a business is to put the most important items up front and easy to reach.
And speaking of important items – where are your important items? Where do you have your budget for the year? Is it in an easily accessible place so you can pull it off the shelf at the beginning of the day to see where your company is headed? You should also have your daily reports in an easily accessible place so you can look at them at the beginning of the day.
However, you choose to organize your office, it should be set up in a way that makes it easier for you to succeed.