It’s officially been the New Year for seven days now – seven days to start rethinking those resolutions you so innocently made with the best of intentions. Maybe getting more sleep was a great idea until you binge-watched five seasons of Friends on Netflix. Maybe the gym sounded good until you realized how heavy weights are. After a week or a month, all too often New Year’s resolutions start sounding less like a fantastic journey to the new you, and more like a small nagging voice that eventually fades into nothing.
So readers, this is your wake-up call. Put your game face on! It’s not over yet! You can do it, and while you’re at it, maybe you can do these things too:
1. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Your Paper
There’s a lot of really easy ways to start doing this around the office. Ask your current waste pickup service if they offer recycling pick up too, and if they do, set up recycling bins around the hallways instead of trashcans. Print on both sides of the paper, and keep a tray full of scrap paper near the printer for reuse. Only print if absolutely necessary. If you’re more serious about eliminating paper, consider data scanning your back files and implementing automated, electronic processes instead of manual, paper-based ones.
2. Assess Your Business Processes
It’s 2015, and instead of wallowing in our disappointment about the lack of the flying cars and hover-boards that Back to the Future promised us, we should be thankful for the slew of technology we can leverage for business process transformation. Maybe this year, it’s time to review your operations and identify areas where you can most easily use technology to drive efficiency while getting the biggest ROI. Or maybe this is the year to replace old legacy software with something that works better with your current processes. The opportunities are out there; you just need to find them.
3. Get Organized
The fast pace of the modern world doesn’t leave much time for organization, and many office employees have set their sights on finally achieving inbox zero, cleaning out their old files, and regularly backing up their hard drives. While these are good goals, maybe it’s time to think bigger. What about enterprise-wide organization, where files are easily shared regardless of location, and easily found with keywords and tags? What if you never had to search for the latest version of anything? With a little effort and the right software, you can make it possible.
The New Year may be seen as a time to transform yourself, but why not think about some business process transformation, too? Start small, and build your way up to high efficiency operations that will drive your productivity and save you loads of time. You’ve got 358 days left!
Want to improve your business processes, but don’t know where to start? Check out our webinar recording below – “What does Paperless Really Mean – 5 Stages of Efficiency.”