Purdey cropYou may already be aware of my position as Chief Executive of a small business that supplies paper stuff.

When I say paper stuff, there’s quite a lot of it, and boxes of it keep arriving and departing on a regular basis.    It is therefore one of my tasks to keep on top of supplies.

It’s quite an exciting role.  Here I am in the warehouse:

Purdey cupboardAt this time of year, my job involves long hours in front of the computer to ensure that records are kept up to date and orders are processed properly.

What I find, from several years of experience, is that if the work pile gets too high the best solution is to clear a space and go to sleep.

Purdey on desk 2It will still be there when you wake up, but crucially, no more papers will have been placed on top.   You will be refreshed and ready to start again with renewed energy.

And here’s my second tip:

Make sure your staff are motivated and fully aware of their responsibilities.  You can then relax and watch the work flow.

Make sure your staff are motivated and fully aware of their responsibilities. You can then relax and watch the work flow.

Good luck, and don’t accept ‘no’ for an answer. Remember my motto:  there may be cat food in the cupboard, but there’s always cream in the fridge!

Tip 3I realise that there are many little cats out there who are just embarking on their careers, and I’m delighted to be able to pass on my wisdom in this way. 

If you’d like to pick up more tips, check out my feature on Effective Office Management.