One of the things that I seem to struggle with sometimes is staying organized. I live a fast paced, up-tempo life and I have several obligations in my business and personal life. Sometimes it seems there just aren’t enough hours in a day to get all the things done that I really want or need to do. That’s why every now and then I realize that I am totally out of organization and I start forgetting important things and misplacing stuff that I need. I hate this feeling. It’s not like I am not a neat person or that I am irresponsible; I am simply just busy. Is that really a crime?
Despite my organizational challenges, I consider myself to be a perfectionist. Some people tell me I have a type A personality. I don’t really understand that though, because a Type A person is known to be highly organized because they want everything perfect. I do want everything perfect, because I am built that way, but I just seem to struggle staying organized.
One of the worst feelings for me was when my boss told me, “Jerry, you really need to focus on getting more organized!” At that point, I told myself that enough is enough. I cannot stand to feel like I am not doing an outstanding job at all times. That keeps me up at night. So I committed myself to organization; creating a filing system, a follow-up system, and a report system that has in turned improved my organization. It actually is a good feeling. It takes a little bit of time and commitment but it pays off.
The results of my better organization have yielded high productive results. I have committed myself to constantly improve myself through structure and organization. I have learned that this is not only an important element in our personal and business lives, but it is also important for companies as well.
Recently, I visited one of my customer’s cement labs. The lab was very clean, well lit, and appeared to be very organized. I was very impressed from just walking through the door. I remembered that this company was a relatively new cementing company and about a year ago they opened their cement lab. I pitched the idea to them that our CEMLab product would be great for their lab in assisting their organization by keeping an archive of all their slurries, so they could easily access them in the future if needed. They liked the idea of the software database, but they didn’t see the value in it at that time, since their lab was just getting started.
However, they now seemed to see an immediate need for the software. The reason for this was to improve their organization in their lab.
The lab had now been functioning for a year and they had so much data to keep up with. I asked them how they kept their slurry records and they showed me a shelf that contained a bunch of binders filled with paper documents (see the picture).
I realized immediately that this type of organization was hurting this customer and preventing them from being able to quickly access previous slurries and causing them to waste valuable time. This is not a good thing.
I am happy that this customer now will be implementing PVI’s CEMLab database to keep accurate records of their current cement slurries and file them electronically to be easily recovered. I definitely understand the value and benefits of improved organization. CEMLab does this and more. The database will improve organization, make quick calculations, create professional reports and save valuable time. Most importantly though, a customer can save paper and get rid of their shelves filled with binders. Their lives are going to be so much more simple…..just like mine is now!