It’s technically been Spring for a couple weeks now. Last week was the first week that felt like Spring to me, though. I hauled back 3 yards of compost to till into our (now larger!) veggie garden to get ready for all my anxious seedlings. After spreading the compost through our clay soil, I marched right into our living room, leaving remnants of mud wherever I walked. If I thought our dogs were muddy creatures, they pale in comparison to the filth I’m capable of dragging across our floors. And thus began my frenetic “spring-cleaning” while becoming more sore by the minute. And the best part? I forgot to take off my shoes the entire time, literally making a mess wherever I went.
So after a half-hour of manic cleaning, I sat down at my computer and made an excel spreadsheet–which is my second favorite activity only to digging in the garden. I began by listing what needed to be happen to deep-clean our home. Spring cleaning is that time of year I both dread and secretly savor. One thing is certain; when I am organized, spring cleaning is a lot more successful than when I haphazardly begin vacuuming long before I’ve brushed the dogs. (Tip: don’t brush fuzzy dogs after vacuuming. That’s really poor planning.)
What can Spring Cleaning look like for your company? It’s a good time to get organized.
- Look back on your January goals. Are you set to meet those goals? What can you do to make sure you do? If you’re interested in hiring more people for summer and vowed to be staffed by June, start posting ads now and searching for the right team member so you’re not scrounging on May 27th. Are your goals more advertising or monetary based? Evaluate the past four months and see where they line up from the previous year.
- Consider things you could do differently
- Get organized. Summer months are typically the busiest for backflow testers. Instead of getting behind, get ahead of schedule. Send out notices to your return customers that you’ll be de-winterizing sprinklers and testing backflows, or create a calendar with notices to go out each month for the customers you intend on testing. (Don’t wait for them to contact you–contact your customers first.)
- To the Cloud! Clean up your computer(s). DropBox is a fantastic way to share files and keep them saved without taking up space on computers, and it’s a super-handy way to change files and keep them up-to-date for other employees. At Syncta, we share a lot of ideas and forms via DropBox and it helps keep us organized–if we’re curious where a file is, it’s always there!
- Go through your emails in April. Make new email folders if you need to save specific emails, but don’t have thousands of emails all in your inbox. You’ll be shocked at how stress-relieving this can be. Unsubscribe from any random emails you no longer utilize. (This is also something I do when I’m spring cleaning at home–go through my personal email.) Answer all the emails that are just lingering there in the back of your mind.
- You’ve heard me preach it before: go paperless. Or, at any rate, reduce the amount of paper you have hanging around. It’s not only great for the environment to use less paper, you’ll also be able to breathe a sigh of relief when you don’t have different “stacks” of mismatched papers that are just waiting to be dealt with.
Spring cleaning isn’t just about getting physically cleaned up. It’s about the huge sigh of relief the evening that you finish, when you can finally peel off your yellow rubber gloves and completely realize the stress you’d been holding at the idea of “dealing” with a mess at home or in the office. Spread the tasks out, and have each employee pitch in. You’ll be done before you know it, toasting each other to a fruitful Spring.