Facilities Managers: You're Busy, But You Don't Have to Be

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By Katie Torres

You're getting ready for the weekend, working hard to tie up the loose ends and finish up that work order that's been causing so much stress over the last week.

You're thinking about the plans you want to make for the weekend and just wondering how on earth you're going to make that happen when you've got needs for repairs ASAP, but you're still not sure how to make them happen.

Now, imagine never feeling like that again.

Think about your biggest, wildest goals. Think about how you'd spend your free weekend (or many free weekends). Think about your goals for your company. What does all of that look like in your head?

Go ahead...I'll give you a minute to visualize this...

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Ready?

Okay. Listen very closely: It's possible.

That's right. 

You don't have to be so busy that it's impossible for you to reach your goals.

The work you do every day to keep your company running does not have to make you so busy that you are unable to do the work necessary to reach your long term goals.

If you are tired of your daily tasks overwhelming you to the point where you are unable to even think about making things better for your future, then you need to start reevaluating your processes.

Make lists. Review your goals. Look at what you're doing now. Figure out what's working and what isn't, decide what you want the most, and take action on it.

When you prioritize in this way, you will find that the tasks you were unnecessarily spending time on will be eliminated.

That means no more unnecessary work orders (and no more paying for them, either).

It means less unexpected breakdowns in equipment.

And, no more being so busy your daily tasks that you are unable to work toward making things better for the future of your company.

At some point, you will be able to go into your weekend without worrying about that one last work order.

And the other possibilities of what you'll be able to accomplish are limitless.