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5 Tips To Maximize Your Time
Installing a closet, trampoline, or playset is a time-consuming task as it is. Thus, completing multiple installations in a day can feel like a daunting challenge. After all, there are only so many hours of sunlight. But remember: nothing is impossible!
Even if time management doesn't come naturally to you, there are numerous strategies you can employ to improve efficiency. Each of these steps are extremely easy and will streamline the installation process. With that said, here are five tips to maximize your time when you have multiple installations in a day.
1. Early bird gets the worm.
Set the tone for your day by arriving at your first job at least 15 minutes early - if you're early, you're on time. Not only will this give you a headstart on the installation, but it will reflect well on the organization.
Furthermore, arriving early will enable you to handle any issues on the job without falling behind schedule. Not to mention, it will also give you a cushion for other potential delays, such as traffic while driving between jobs.
2. Preparation begins the day before.
We've all been told that preparation is the key to success, and it's true. But, preparation doesn't begin minutes or even hours before an installation - it starts the day before.
The day before your installation, there are several steps you can take to hit the ground running. Most notably, we encourage you to review your plans, make sure you have all of the necessary supplies and materials, and fill your gas tank to avoid having to stop between jobs. Finally, you should also speak with a coordinator to see if you need any additional information to make the installation go smoother.
3. Plan for adjustments.
As an installer, you likely know that installations don't always go as planned - materials may be missing, or plans could be inaccurate. While this doesn't happen regularly, you should be prepared to deal with such obstacles.
To do so, you should review the plans, the space, and the products immediately when you arrive on site. This way, you'll have plenty of time to make adjustments, such as going to The Container Store for missing products or contacting a coordinator for help.
4. Complete your tasks in real time.
Cruxos is an incredible tool. Not only does it keep the customers and coordinators in the loop, but it also helps the installer track their progress and stay on course.
Furthermore, when you complete tasks in Cruxos as you go, you avoid returning to the app later to make your updates, which often eats up a chunk of time.
5. Pick up the phone.
Part of working efficiently is using all the resources at your disposal to be successful. This includes reaching out to your coordinators to help you manage the logistics of installations.
For instance, if you happen to be running late to a project, give your coordinators a call. They can inform the customer of your whereabouts. Moreover, if you complete a job early, coordinators can contact your next appointment to see if you can arrive early - which is an excellent way to save time.
In conclusion, there are countless methods to maximize your time - these are just the tip of the iceberg. While some of these ideas seem obvious, the fact is they work. Even the most minor adjustments can work wonders when you're tasked with several installations in a day. If you have any other suggestions you'd like to share with the team, please email them to marketing!