Business Process Management
Business process management is the process of designing and maintaining an environment in which individuals, working together in groups, efficiently accomplish selected aims. This basic definition needs to be expanded as manager’s carry out the managerial functions of planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling. Management applies to any kind of organization. It applies to managers at all organizational levels. The aim of all managers is to create a surplus. Managing is concerned with productivity implying effectiveness and efficiency.
Many scholars and managers have found that the analysis of business process management is facilitated by a useful and clear organization of knowledge. In studying management, it is helpful to break it down into five managerial functions involving planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling. The knowledge that underlies those functions is organized around these five functions.
Managers are charged with the responsibility of taking actions that will make it possible for individuals to make their best contributions to group objectives. Management applies to small and large organizations, to profit and not-for-profit enterprises, to manufacturing as well as service industries. The term enterprise refers to businesses, government agencies, hospitals, universities and other organizations. In business process management, all managers carry out managerial functions. However, the time spent for each function may differ. Top-level managers spend more time on planning and organizing than do lower level managers. Leading, on the other hand, takes a great deal of time for first-line supervisors. The difference in the amount of time spent on controlling varies only slightly for managers at various levels.
Business process management, like all other practices such as medicine, engineering or baseball, is an art. It is know-how. It is doing things in light of the realities of a situation. Yet managers can work better by using organized knowledge about management. It is this knowledge that constitutes a science. Thus, managing as practice is an art; the organized knowledge underlying the practice may be referred to as a science.
Organizing Your Home
As we move through the house, we’re going to hit the master bedroom next. I want this room to be a haven and an escape for you. You won’t see your room as that if you don’t like it and the decorations you have in it. Remember: small steps!
1. Walk in to your bedroom as you walked in to the family room and look at it critically. Is it cluttered? What’s the first thing that you notice? Do whatever that is first. If it’s making the bed, do it. If it’s putting dirty clothes in a basket, do that. Whatever it is, get it done.
2. Does your bedroom fall under the Law of Flat Surfaces? If so, start by clearing off the dresser(s) and headboard. If you have papers there, look through them, pitch what needs to be pitched, and file away (as you did in the study) what needs to be filed. Once you can see the tops of the dressers and headboard, run over them quickly with your duster.
3. If you have lots of things on your dresser tops and top of the headboard, the next challenge is to de-clutter. You’ve already done the paper-aspect of this—now look critically at the other things you have. Do you have too many jewelry boxes? What about baskets that are supposed to organize things? Now is the time to determine what you absolutely love and wear all the time and what you hardly look at and almost never wear. Pull out the things you’re not crazy about and get rid of them. Give them away, throw them away, or sell them online. It doesn’t matter—as long as what’s left is what you truly love. If you have too many “organizing baskets,” now is the time to realize that more things to hold your clutter isn’t “organizing”—organizing is paring down what you have and then keeping it orderly. Go through your baskets and determine which perfume bottles are your favourites and which ones you just don’t use anymore. There’s no glory in keeping 35 scents on your dresser if all they do is collect dust and make things look messy.
4. Let’s move on to the floor. Can you walk freely in your room? If not, use the laundry-basket method and pick up the things on your floor. Deposit the items in their correct location and run the vacuum. No moving the bed or dressers—just sweep where you can easily walk.
5. Look at your windows—are they grimy? What about the window ledges? Grab your rag and window cleaner and give them a quick once-over. You’ll be amazed at how much dust you pick up and how clean your ledges will look after that!
Keep going in the master bedroom—we’re going to go inside closets and dressers next! On to Pt. 2!
Organizing Your Closet – Where to Start
Maybe it is time for spring cleaning or you just cannot stand another day hunting through your closet to find something to wear – but the time has come to organize your closet (again). It is inevitable that there are belongings in your closet that need to go – maybe into the trash or a donation hamper – but a new home has to be found for them either way. Before you start organizing, you need to start purging.
Every closet organizing session should start with some time spent deciding what you still wear and what can go elsewhere. Some questions to ask yourself when trying to decide if you should keep an item or not are:
* When was the last time I wore this? Unless it is a seasonal item, if you haven’t worn it in six months it is time to let it go.
* Does it fit me properly? Clothing that is too big or small should not be kept for what-ifs. Donate it.
* What condition is it in? Spills, tears, wear – if your shirts or pants are showing any or all of these it is time to let them go.
To make this first step easy on you in terms of emotions and work load, follow these guidelines. Make quick decisions and once you decide don’t go back and change your mind. Touch everything once, choose its fate is and move onto the next item. Set-up boxes and bags for the cast-offs. Garbage bags for the over-used belongings that cannot be donated and boxes labeled and ready to be donated to a charity, thrift store, or a friend.
Once the bags or boxes are full, take them to the car and get them to their new destination as soon as possible so you can carry on and enjoy your newly organized closet.
Do you frequently study articles about organizing and they have similar words for helping you get organized; only they are just rearranged? Make an effort to follow some easy ways to achieve the job and reduce the stress. It will be worth the effort.
* Look at the all-over picture of your home or hire a professional organizer. Go through every room and make your mind up what it is that you want to do with that room and write it down.
*See if you can find any hidden storage areas in your room. Decide if you want to add another shelf in the closet, use the storage space on the inside of a door, maybe use under the bed storage.
* Choose organizing products you like and that make you feel good. Do you want to use Rubbermaid or are the items in a hidden area where a cardboard box will do. Using things that you like will give you a better feeling of a job-well-done.
*Consider daily activities and routines in your home. Place items where they are going to do you the most good. Something that you use on a daily basis should not be on a high shelf. The vacuum cleaner should be kept in or near the room you use it the most.
* Know why you want to get organized. Are you doing this for yourself and to make your life easier and time saving, or are you doing it because someone told you to or your neighbor is doing it? In order to do a job 100% to your liking you need to do the job right or not at all. By not having your heart into it, you will get stressed, frustrated, waste money and not have a useable time saving solution to your problem.
Hampers: Aids In House Organization
In today fast pace, being disorganized is not an option. Disorganization can lead to confusion, wastage of time effort and money. Simple organizing can prevent clutter, having no clutter to clear thinking and clear thinking to efficiency.
Neglecting to clean the house even for one day can make it harder for anybody to clean on the following days. Clutter starts to pile up. Something gets lost somewhere. The mess creates confusion and the house starts not to be an enjoyable place anymore. When it was said that everything starts at home, clutter too could be one of the reasons.
One of the best and tested approaches to organization is grouping things into categories. When lumped into categories, the mind is directed to easily recognize which group is assigned to what which therefore makes for easy recall.
There are many organization tools available in the market today one of the simplest, most efficient and least expensive is the hamper.
This simple basket is great at compartmentalizing things. It can make your organizing more simple and easier. One hamper alone when used in a room can already substantially increase the room space that used linen and clothes occupy. Then you can start fixing up the place one at a time. Spending 30 minutes a day to clear up the clutter and start organizing will do amazing things in home organization. The hamper has been synonymous with linen and laundry but it can also be used as storage spaces in lieu of boxes and can be good extension for cabinet spaces.
You do not have to do the clearing up yourself. Kids can be trained for the task. Place a hamper in each room where dirty clothes will be assigned. When everything is dropped into the floor, it will take you time to pick it all up. A hamper on the floor can be just as good as throwing things on it. Boys are generally known to create more clutter than girls do but if a hamper is placed, they often treat it like hoops and start practicing their shooting arms at it. Once a part of the home starts getting organized others can easily follow. Children are good at picking ideas up and doing correlation.
Girls are not so much of a problem but smaller kids usually are. If that is the case, a favorite cartoon character can be attached to it. Organizing will always attract better response in children if it is done creatively and playfully.
To rid of the clutter, and make organizing the house faster, do not hesitate to discard things that are no longer used. For many that could be hard to follow even when common sense tells them that they should. If it is the same with you, select things that you can discard or donate. Others you can keep in the attic while some remains in your cabinet. After a year that the old things are not yet used throw it out. Because things that ceases to serve a purpose does not have to occupy and clutter the house.
Assign a hamper in the bathroom and the same effect can be duplicated. Tossing dirty laundry on the hamper is just the same as throwing things on the floor.
As the idea is picked, the house gets better organized, and the habit is developed.
Organizing Your Garage
While you are organizing, don’t forget to take a look at your garage. Set aside two successive days for organizing your garage. One day for tearing it apart and putting it back together and the next day for organizing wall space. You will need to take everything out, boxes, bikes, lawnmowers, snow blowers etc. Take this time to sweep out bugs, dirt and more!
Decluttering is just as essential in this space as any other in your home. Once you have made decisions about what you are keeping, it is time to define categories for storage. Don’t disregard the storage room above the overhead doors that can be used for long flat things.
Once you have created your categories, put things that you use the most in simple access and things that are ‘sometime’ things can go up higher. Utilize wall and ceiling space to maximize your vicinity. Put up shelves to place boxes on and label them so you can ‘look and find’. Garage items can be very weighty and need extra support, you might want to add extra supports or make them out of wood.
Metal shelving units are fashionable, but don’t forget to use the wall space at the top of the wall. Shelving can go up here, be out of the way and is great for those things you only use once or twice a year. Well-built plastic containers with lids are an outstanding way to keep bugs and dirt away.
Tag everything you have in containers for easy searching. Being able to actually use your garage and find everything without wasting time hunting for it are rewards for your hard labor. Do you have any idea how much money you are going to save without having to go and purchase new items for the things you lost?
Organizing for the Single Parent
One of the trickiest organizing situations is the cluttered, one parent family. Often, the story goes something like this: The house is cluttered. Perhaps not cluttered enough to qualify for a TV makeover show, but cluttered enough to cause friction among the family members. Mom tries to keep the home organized, but is overwhelmed. Toys are everywhere, and every surface is covered with stacks of paper, mail, dishes, and other assorted items. In short, the place looks like a typical “before” photo. Everybody is blaming everybody, the tension is rising, and nobody knows what to do. With nowhere else to turn, mom calls or emails me, requesting my help ASAP.
In these situations, common wisdom says that the decluttering process should start with (a) the most important or central room/area, or (b) the room/area that is causing the greatest stress. Whether it’s the family room, TV room, or kitchen, a high-traffic common area seems like the logical place to begin. And sometimes, the client & I do agree to begin there.
More recently, however, I have been trying a different approach, and it seems to be working well. In our scenario, mom is expected to maintain an organized home, but is getting no help from the rest of the family. She is surrounded by clutter, and the weight on her shoulders is getting heavier. She wakes to clutter, dresses to clutter, cooks amid clutter, goes to sleep to clutter, etc., and it is zapping her energy.
My suggestion is simple. Radical but simple. Let’s start the organizing process with mom. Let’s start by organizing mom’s bedroom. Is it the most important room in the house? Quite frankly, it might be. Mom is surrounded by clutter from sunup to sundown. Giving mom an organized bedroom achieves several things. First, it guarantees that she will no longer have to go to bed and awake to clutter. She can begin and end each day with a clear mind, in a peaceful environment. Second, everyone, including mom, deserves a place to call her/his own, free from everyone else’s stuff. Third, giving mom an organized bedroom builds her confidence. It shows her that positive change is possible. If she can learn how to organize and maintain her own space, then it just might be possible to apply those organizing principles to other areas of the home, and to transfer those skills to her children.
Organizing Your Way To More Time
Time. We all wish we had more of it. One of the best ways I’ve discovered to carve more hours out of my day is to take control of my schedule, organize it better and find a way of working smarter. Better organizing of your schedule sometimes means doubling up on tasks or simply viewing any momentary chunks of downtime differently. As a result of my own experience, I’ve come up with five simple ways of organizing your time.
Tidy First, Clean Later
Now ask yourself this…will anyone ever know if your don’t dust behind the TV or clean the top of the refrigerator? Chances are good they won’t, unless you happen to have a friend or relative who visits wearing a white glove. And, if you do have such a visitor, send them on their way after only a brief visit. I’m sure they’ll find even more dust at their next stop. The key to eliminating the overgrowth of clutter is to pick up things around the house on a regular basis. But when time is short and it comes down doing one thing or the other, focus on organizing the house first and leave the cleaning until later.
Master The Art Of Delegation
Weekly planning sheets which include chores, appointments, school activities and leisure interests are a great way of organizing your family life. Having everything spelled out in advance works wonders and eliminates the need to continually nag. Kids can see everything they have to do and want to do, at a quick glance. So, when they ask permission to do something, all they have to do is consult the weekly planning sheet first.
Carry A Notebook
You may want to take the planning sheet idea one step further and use a calendar/planning notebook as well. Carry this one with you at all times. Write in it all appointments, dates, special occasions and deadlines for you and your family. It may seem like a lot of doubling up but in the end, it does save a lot of time not to mention, the hassle of having to deal with conflicting activities. Any blank sheets can be used for to-do lists.
Organize With A Little Forethought
Stay on top of things by organizing inside and outside of your home. Save time by keeping jumper cables in the car, a waste paper basket in every room and your library books in one central location.
Don’t Over Shoot Your Goals
We’ve all been there. We’re expecting company and we throw ourselves into a cleaning frenzy. We convince ourselves that we have to clean and organize every square inch of the house in order to make it presentable. Stop and ask yourself, “Just what is my goal here?” Chances are cleaning the heating vents will have little to do with hosting a successful party. Eliminate any activity that doesn’t advance your goal.
Rubbermaid Products for Closet Organizing
Rubbermaid is a household name, known for supplying us with reliable products for a variety of uses in our home. They are also known for being well priced and long lasting. If you are in the market for products to organize your closet, it only makes sense to purchase from a brand name you trust and respect.
One of the top selling closet organizing products right now is the Rubbermaid closet in a box. This is a unique feature that allows you to customize your closet to your individual storage space and needs. Most closet organizing kits give you specific items, but not this one. Instead you decide what pieces you want and the sizes, then Rubbermaid customizes a kit specifically built for you. Sounds great right?
If you are worried about making those decisions, don’t be. Rubbermaid offers outstanding customer service representatives to assist you every step of the way. You can also give them the basic information and allow them to come up with some layout and designs for your closet. You will then be able to visually see the transformation and how it will work for you. If you don’t like the results, then you are not under any obligation to purchase anything from Rubbermaid. That is quite an offer!
One of the reasons Rubbermaid products are so well accepted by the consumer is that they are expandable including the clothing rods, rails, and the shelves. This makes installation much easier as you simply extend the product to your desired length. This process makes installing several different products much simpler because you have some room to make adjustments. This really minimized the measuring process as well as eliminates the need for cutting.
One of the best features about these types of closet organization products is that you can rearrange them at any time without too much effort. Over time, the contents in our closet change right? It just makes sense that having a closet organization system that can change with us is quite the investment. You aren’t locked into having your closet organized the same way forever. Even the shelves can have their height adjusted because of the Fast Track design. You can space them out or bring them closer together, even add more shelves if you like.
It is very important for your custom closet organization products to stand up to the test of time. You don’t have to worry about that with items from Rubbermaid. Each piece of material comes with a life time warranty. You can obtain a free copy of their warranty information to review by calling them or visiting their website.
To see all of the custom closet organization products Rubbermaid has to offer, check out your local home improvement stores. Most of them carry this brand. You can also check out the internet including www.Rubbermaid.com. They also have a product catalog that you can view online and even request for one to be mailed to you.
Still not convinced? You will find pages and pages of consumer reviews regarding Rubbermaid closet organizing products. You won’t be disappointed with the information you find either! The price of Rubbermaid closet organization systems and products is very inexpensive compared to other brands on the market. Combined with their flexibility, easy installation, and warranty, you won’t be disappointed with the results of their products to customize and organize your closet.
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Internet Marketing for Professional Organizers
It is very important to put a lot of thought into marketing your professional organizer business. Even if you are a great professional organizer you will not be able to get any clients if no one knows about you and your business. Marketing is the process of getting the word out and letting others know about your professional organizer business.
Using Internet marketing to market your business is an excellent solution for professional organizers. Even if you are looking for local clients, marketing and promoting your business online is a great way to get the word out. Here are five tips to help you reach your potential organizing clients using Internet marketing:
– Create A Great Looking, Professional Web Site For Your Professional Organizer Business. Since you help your clients to organize, eliminate clutter and streamline their lives, make sure that your own web site is streamlined and easy to use.
Your professional organizer web site should have a professional look and feel and have information about you, your business, and services that you provide to your clients. There should be a way for potential clients to contact you. After all, you would like these people to get in touch with you and start working with you.
– Optimize Your Web Site for Search Engines. A great looking web site is not enough if you want to have a thriving professional organizer business. You need web site traffic. You need people visiting your web site, learning more about you and your services and contacting you for more information and to hire you.
A good way to drive more traffic to your web site is by doing search engine optimization. Search engine optimization is the process of modifying web page content and meta-information to improve the search engine ranking of the page. By optimizing your web site for search engines you can get more people looking for professional organizers in your area to your web site.
– Decide How To Monetize All Web Site Visitors. While you might be looking to work with local clients, some non-local visitors might visit your web site as well. While you cannot work with these people in person, can still monetize them by offering them phone consultations. You may also offer organizing e-books and special reports on your web site that you can sell to people who are not in your local area.
– Publish A Newsletter. Not everyone who comes to your web site will hire your immediately. Many people will need some time to make a decision about hiring you. You need to be able to keep in touch with the people who come to your web site, but are not ready to hire you yet.
Your newsletter is a great tool to keep in touch with your web site visitors, share information with them and educate them about your professional organizing products and services.
– Publish Your Articles Online. Writing and publishing articles on professional organizing topics is a great way to show off your expertise and let others know about your business. When you write and publish your articles, other web site owners pick them up and publish them on their web sites, while giving you a link back to your web site.
Use the techniques above to get more potential clients to your web site. Using online marketing is an excellent way to promote your professional organizer business.