The new year is a popular time for people to purge their closets and clean out all of the unnecessary clutter that is taking up space in their lives.

But when is the last time you thought about the clutter that’s been piling up around your business?

Whether you’re a CEO, business development leader, marketing manager, or social media coordinator, we all get caught up in the busyness of our daily responsibilities. It’s easy to get caught up in a “business as usual” mentality. Before we know it, the processes and systems we set up to make our lives easier become “clutter” that we must manage.

4 Ways You Can Clean Out the Clutter As You Begin a New Year

Are you ready to be more effective and efficient this year? Here are a few small ways you can clean up the clutter that might have built up around your business:

  1. Take a day and analyze the way you’re using your time. Tracking how you’re spending your time allows you to cut out the things that might be a waste and look for ways to possibly consolidate areas of your life to be more efficient. There are some great online tools that can help you monitor your time on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
  2. Try allowing your employees to work remotely. Gone are the days where the mentality of “if you’re not at your desk from 8 to 5, you’re not working.” In addition to driving efficiency, there are some incredible benefits of allowing your employees to work remotely. We’ve experienced many of these benefits first hand at Green Apple and have seen them with our clients as well.
  3. Review supplier contracts. Doing a cost-benefit analysis of all your suppliers and vendor relationships is another incredible way to clean out the potential clutter that’s holding your business back. Are there systems you’re not using or maximizing their full potential? Determine the factors other than price (quality of work, customer service, etc.) that make the business difference in your supplier/vendor relationships, and create a scorecard to evaluate each expense.  
  4. Research tools to help you work smarter. Today’s business leaders have access to more new tools, resources, and techniques than ever before—all of which can be used to help us work smarter. The key is in knowing how to leverage them properly.

No one wants this next year to be another year of going through the motions. Taking action on one of these ideas might be the key to having your most productive and profitable year ever.