When you’re a contracting business owner, you are often the one responsible for finishing work for the day. There are a few last-minute tasks, and you need to make sure that everything is ready to go for tomorrow. Here are a few things to keep in mind, to help you with productivity when you return to the job site.
Clean Up the Workspaces
The first thing you need to do is ensure that each workspace is clean. Ideally, people who work on the task will clean it up and put equipment away when they are done for the day. If you’re a business of one, that may be you. Take a moment to look at the equipment and confirm that it is in good condition and ready for use the next day. Sweep away debris, and bag or box it up. If you need to return rental equipment, give it a good cleaning and put it in a place where you will not forget to take it with you. Once each station is generally clean, you may want to sweep walkways and high-touch points like light switches.
Check on Project Status
If you have been working on part of a project for most of the day, now is a good time to see where you are at by the end of the day. Take a look at your project schedule, and mark off all items that are now complete. If you are running behind schedule for any reason, assess how far behind you are and form a plan to keep progressing. Make a note of any unexpected concerns or delays, giving appropriate details so that anyone working on the project tomorrow will have the benefit of your information.
Make a To-Do List for Tomorrow
The next step is to make a to-do list for tomorrow, particularly in the morning. Ideally, you will have a to-do list for each project that you work on. However, if you have projects that last less than a day, you may need to plan them out daily, instead of a weekly basis. Don’t forget administrative tasks:
- Payments for services
- Ordering supplies and equipment
It is really easy to let these items slip while you are focused on a single project. But if you want to make sure that you have everything that you need for the next project, you should make them a priority. Plan to do them at the beginning of the day, so that you’re not tempted to push them off.
Follow Up With Clients and Employees
Your communication style may dictate how you respond to emails, text messages and phone calls. If you’re the type of person who lets all of it sit while you work on a task, you’ll need to set aside time to attend to it. Without it, you may lose out on lucrative projects and fail to keep your clients informed. Start by going through all the new messages and responding to each one that requires it. If you are waiting on documentation from employees, subcontractors or clients, now is a good time to reach out to them to make sure that they understand what you expect.
Attend to Security
One of the last things you should do before you leave the job site is attend to security. If it is your own workspace, you might have comprehensive knowledge of the alarms, monitoring, and sensor systems in use. On a client job site, you may have to go with other conventions. If you’re the last one to leave, you should plan to lock the gate, ensure that doors and windows are closed, and obscure expensive equipment and materials from view when possible. Activating the alarm system on your way out gives you a better assurance that if something happens, you’ll have a record of it.
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