How getting a hair cut can teach you to run a lean company

Last summer I got my hair chopped off. It’s the second time I’d done it. The first time three years ago was for charity, this was for freedom. My hair was hot, heavy, and a burden to manage every day. Some mornings I’d say, "I have too much to do, I can’t deal with all this hair." So I chopped it off.

Things became cooler, more manageable, I used less shampoo and conditioner, and felt reinvented. The new look was refreshing. I felt ready to tackle my day, knowing I only had to do a few things to prep in the morning.

In the same way, cutting unnecessary things out of your business plan can be refreshing, make the business more manageable, and let you focus on what matters without wasting time on things you could do without. Maybe you use fewer resources in your process? Perhaps you need less time to accomplish certain tasks, or are making some procedures last much longer than they need to. Taking a critical look at your time, resources, and processes could make a world of difference.

One book I always recommend to friends and those in my network is The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. The book aptly lays out ways in which founders can build companies that are more efficient and streamlined because of their simplicity. It's all about minimizing time wasted, because time is your most valuable asset. 

Time. It's something we all have the exact same amount of, but can be spent in such radically different ways. And the time maximized by your business could mean a huge difference in the bottom line.

How is your time being wasted by unnecessary steps in your process? In your task? Is your company running as efficiently (and therefore as best) as it can be?