Taking Control of Your Data
No matter who you are or where you work, it takes a lot of time and energy to keep track of everything you have going on. The modern workplace is fast-paced and requires a lot of tools to get your job done. But sometimes these tools that supposedly make your job easier by tracking and sharing your data can be complicated or distracting and take away from the time you could spend on your actual tasks. Not to mention that having all of your data spread across several different platforms can be confusing and hard to manage or share with a team.
You practically need another database just to manage your databases!
When you're stuck using multiple possibly outdated tools to track your data, work can feel a bit chaotic sometimes and your mind might start to feel cluttered with everything you need to keep track of. It's time to take control of your data, and there is a simple evaluation process that can help you do just that.
Here are the three questions you should ask when doing this evaluation:
1. How many platforms do I use to track/manage my data?
2. How much organization does each platform require?
3. How long does it take to customize each platform to fit my needs?
Let's break down each of these questions...
Number 1: How many platforms do I use to track/manage my data?
When evaluating your database use, the very first and simplest thing to consider is the number of platforms you're actually using. Do you have separate platforms for timesheets, employee information, expense reports, and document sharing? If so, how much is the cost for each of these platforms annually? If your data is being stored across two, three, or even more platforms, having to transition between a multitude of platforms while working can hinder productivity and distract you from a task at hand. Try to minimize the number of platforms you use by investing in a single platform that might help you get multiple jobs done at once!
Number 2: How much organization does each platform require?
Especially if your data is spread out across multiple platforms, it is important to analyze how much time goes into the actual inputting and organizing of your data. Is it simple to input data from another source, say, an Excel sheet? Or do you have to spend an excessive amount of time creating folders and sharing specific documents only with certain coworkers? When looking to take control of your data and minimize the number of platforms you're using, make sure the platforms that you do use are efficient and do some of the organizing for you.
Number 3: How long does it take to customize each platform to fit my needs?
This one is easy- are you spending too much time trying to make a platform into something it's not in order to fit your needs? If so, that is a sign that you are simply not using the right tool. Spending the extra time researching a more appropriate platform will save you time and frustration in the long run, and allow you to fully control your data. See how Loco can be customized to fit your organization's needs here!
While it's easy to get stuck in old ways and break habits, finding the right platform that is customizable to fit all your needs is critical. In the end, taking control of your data will boost your productivity and keep your mind at ease knowing that you have a reliable and flexible system to support your work.
With Loco, you can reduce time, money, and stress when managing your data!
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