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4 Tips to Help Self-Storage Managers Be More Productive

Being a highly productive employee not only feels great, it makes you invaluable to your self-storage organization. Following are four tips to help facility managers boost their productivity.

Being a highly productive self-storage employee not only feels great, it makes you invaluable to your organization. Following are four tips to help facility managers boost their productivity, with insights from the article “21 Tips to Become the Most Productive Person You Know,” by Robin Sharma.

1. Clean Up Your Workspace

A tidy workspace makes a good first impression on customers and can also improve your concentration and reduce stress. Straighten up throughout the day so you can better focus on the tasks at hand. With a little creative organization and TLC, you can conquer the clutter!

2. Create Routines

Summer can be chaotic at a self-storage facility, but there are ways to create methods around the madness. Planning your routines in advance can make facility operation less stressful. Set your daily, weekly and monthly tasks on a recurring schedule. Keep an electronic calendar so you can get alerts as items are due. Even something as simple as writing down your daily intentions is a step in the right direction.

3. Stop Multi-Tasking

Frequent interruptions are part of your busy job. Sometimes, you might feel more efficient if you’re juggling many responsibilities at once. But according to a “New York Times” article by Verena von Pfetten, that sense of efficiency and productivity is an illusion.

Instead, try mono-tasking, which gives you the focus you need to avoid errors. It also provides the wider perspective you need for creative problem-solving.

Create efficiencies by grouping similar responsibilities and schedule your most involved tasks when you expect the least amount of disruptions. You’ll have your best tenant interactions when you can give your full and undivided attention.

4. Hydrate

It seems like an obvious thing to do, but people forget that drinking water is a great and easy way to boost productivity. Remember that you’re made mostly of water, and your body requires adequate amounts of this liquid to thrive.

Grab a water bottle before jumping into your daily work routine. Summer heat makes hydration even more important. Be aware of the symptoms of dehydration such as headaches, dizziness and fatigue.

Your productivity is the sum of many small decisions you make throughout your day. Be conscious of how they impact your efficiency. These tips will help!

Mario J. Macaluso is senior vice president for SBOA Tenant Insurance (SBOATI), whose program is created by and for self-storage owners. The company’s insurance products are compliant with state laws and administered by Cornerstone Insurance Producers. For more information, call 800.792.0345; visit

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