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Getting the Year Off to an Organized Start

Can you believe that January is almost halfway over? It seems like we just finished taking down the Christmas decorations!  Take advantage of this time, while we are all still committed to our New Years Resolutions, to lay a foundation for staying organized all year long.  Here are some things you should be doing right now to prevent feeling scattered later in the year:
     Start a mileage log for your tax records.  Many of the business owners I know are currently spending their evenings combing through their 2007 calendar and trying to recreate their mileage for the year.  You can avoid this tedious process (and lost deductions!) for 2008 by creating a simple Excel spreadsheet to track your business miles each day. 
     Get your financial records up to date.  Even if you are engrossed in trying to create records for 2007, go ahead and make sure that you stay current with your 2008 bookkeeping.  Now is the easiest time to build that habit when you only have 12 days of activity to book. 
     Declutter your desk.  Clear all the piles that have accumulated on your desk act, file, shred.  Create appointments on your calendar at least once a week to clear everything off your desk.  If this is done frequently, it should never take more than a few minutes.  You'll save yourself hours of time searching for lost paperwork and create a peaceful work environment. 
     Delegate.  Today, pick one thing that you do not enjoy or do not have time to do and delegate.  Even if it is a simple, small task, imagine what else you can do with that time over the course of an entire year.
Even if you feel like the burden of disorganization is so great that you could never get out from under it, try committing yourself to accomplishing just one of these things today.  A tiny change that becomes a permanent habit will yield big results over time. 

posted on: 1/12/2008 8:30:00 AM by Shana Prichard
category: Business

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The Organized Entrepreneur

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Shana M. Prichard, MBA owns realign, llc, a professional organizing firm. realign, llc provides small business organizing services including filing system design/implementation, desk and time management and QuickBooks set up and training. realign, llc also provides home-office organizing services to individuals.

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