Mismanaged processes and faulty operational structure can lead to chaos. As entrepreneurs, we often put way too much on our plate and wear many hats within our company. It is easy to get bogged down with the day-to-day feeling like you're barely keeping your head above water and as if you don't have the time or resources to restructure, hire, train, delegate, etc.

What we risk when we fail to optimize operational efficiency is the build up of the day-to-day that leads to things being poorly managed and eventually, occasionally missed.

Loose ends.

What happens when you pull a loose end?

We've all been there. In the elevator headed to a meeting or in line at the coffee shop and you look down and there's a loose string protruding from your sleeve. It's sticking out like a sore thumb disrupting your aesthetic and your image so you try to handle it – quick and dirty – you grab the string and yank to rectify it's intrusion.

The structure unravels.

We can't ignore the little things, we can't leave loose ends. We can't leave area for our structure to unravel. We must take time for these things. A last minute yank to try to remove this issue from the surface almost never works short term and certainly does us no favors long term.